Student Profile

Thadd Fosdick
Class of '11

Thadd Fosdick is a 2011 graduate of the Agricultural Production PSM program, with a focus in Animal Production.  Thadd added to his agriculture knowledge by completing his internship with Pioneer Hybrids as a production intern. His undergraduate degree is in Animal Sciences from Illinois.  Having a diverse background helps Thadd daily in his current role as Farm Manager for Farmers National Company in Bloomington, Illinois.  Thadd oversees the management of agricultural assets for absentee land owners and assists clients with real estate needs.  Thadd finds equitable leasing solutions for his clients and operators. He is also an integral member of his family-owned farm, Fosdick Cattle, where they rause and show Limousin and Lim-Flex cattle. 

Agricultural Production

Advanced interdisciplinary education in science and agribusiness are the core of the Agricultural Production program. 

TRANSFORMING SCIENCE

Agribusiness needs people who know and understand the science of agriculture. In many cases though, science knowledge alone is insufficient. The skills and abilities to transform science knowledge into meaningful products and services are needed as well.

The goal of the M.S. degree in agricultural production is to produce graduates with advanced knowledge in agricultural science and with relevant real-world business knowledge and skills.

Agricultural innovation requires the management and understanding of relationships – the connections between the laboratory, field, consumer, regulator, investor, among others. The depth of the science curriculum plus the breadth of the business curriculum guide you toward an understanding of these connections.

As an agricultural production graduate, you can contribute to the full range of activities that take plants or animals from farm to fork.

AN IMPACTFUL CAREER

While developing an in-depth understanding of agricultural sciences, students learn the skills necessary to transform rapidly changing scientific knowledge into meaningful, sustainable products and services.  This is critical, as food production and resource management become increasingly important.  Food production capacity must double if we are to feed the burgeoning world population expected by 2050.

Illinois PSM graduates of the agricultural production program have career opportunities as a:

  • Breeding Manager
  • Production Farm Manager
  • Sales/Marketing Representative
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • International Development Analyst or Advocate
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Sustainable Farming Consultant

TAILOR YOUR DEGREE TO YOUR PROFESSIONAL GOALS

Three specializations are available:

  • Food Animal Production
  • Crop Production
  • Sustainable Production Systems

For additional information or to discuss your learning and career objectives, contact Robert Knox, major advisor for agricultural production, at rknox@illinois.edu or (217) 244-5177.

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