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 Degree Requirements

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The M.S. degree in Agricultural Production requires the completion of 42 semester hours as prescribed in the following four curricular components:

The program is designed to be completed in 18-months of full-time study on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Summer enrollment is required while completing the internship. A thesis is not required.

A student's curriculum will be developed with the major adviser and will vary depending upon his or her individual interests and career plans. A sample credit hour distribution is below, but individual student schedules may change depending upon curriculum and course schedule.


GAIN A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE WITH AN INTERNSHIP

A full-time internship is required in the summer following the first two semesters of study. In consultation with faculty advisers, each student finds an internship that meets his or her personal and professional career objectives. The internship requires the application of science and business knowledge and skills.

No coursework is taken during the internship. Summer enrollment is required in PSM 555.

Preparation and planning for the internship search should begin early in the first semester of study.

INDUSTRY SEMINARS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Seminars cover additional business content and professional development. Seminars also feature industry guests, covering a range of topics relevant to today's science and technology fields.

Participation in the industry seminar is required each semester of enrollment. Seminars meet weekly. All Illinois PSM students participate in the same seminar, providing learning opportunities across science disciplines and industries. In the fall term, third-semester students present summaries of their internship experiences and mentor first-semester students in preparing for and securing internships.

 
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