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Crop Agribusiness

The perfect blend of business and agriculture, learn about agronomic production and business through classes in plant sciences and finance and management of agricultural enterprises.

  • Crop Agribusiness students are in highly sought after for their dual-focus in crop sciences and business.
  • Students interested in graduate work continue their education in plant sciences or business-related disciplines.
  • Prepares students for a career in crop production and marketing, crop management systems, and many sectors of the agribusiness industry.
  • Graduates from this concentration pursue careers as crop consultants, business and farm managers, land appraisers, land use planners, and marketers of agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and seed.

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Questions about this concentration can be directed to

Dr. Fred Kolb
Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator
AE-120 B Turner Hall
f-kolb@illinois.edu
(217) 333-4256

Career Opportunity Spotlight

Business Manager, LG Seeds

Eric Yoder 

General Job Description: Eric oversees the operations team—customer service and supply—for LG Seeds. He works with forecasting, seed production, bagging, shipping, product allocations, strategic planning, and sales programs.

Eric Yoder, business manager for LG Seeds, enjoys being exposed to many different aspects of the business.

“In my role I am able to interact with every department within the company, from product selection to when the delivery truck rolls into a customer’s driveway,” Eric says. “I enjoy working with people, and the seed business is still very much based on relationships. I take pride in working with my team to take care of our customers’ needs.“

During his time at U of I, Eric had multiple internship opportunites, something he says is a vital part of gaining real-world experience.

“I was fortunate enough to earn five different internships in the industry. My first summer, when I worked at Golden Harvest, was when I changed my major to Crop Science,” he says. “Following that I worked with Novartis, Syngenta, and Wyffels Hybrids. I cannot stress enough that students should pursue internships to make connections and gain real-world experience.”

Eric says his college courses and extracurricular activities also served important roles in preparing him for his current job.

“My college studies were diverse and did a great job preparing me for my job today. I appreciated the variety of classes, from TSM to accounting to statistics,” he says. “ Livestock judging taught me public speaking skills, while working as a teaching assistant honed my writing skills.”

Eric takes great pride in his U of I degree, he says.

“The quality of education is second to none. I really enjoyed my B.S. degree, and as I completed my M.S. degree everything really came together,” he says. “When I finished my education, it was the total package, and it is something I am proud of every day.”

 

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