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Preston Brown
The quality of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni speaks for itself here, and the industry has noticed.

Profile: Preston Brown

Undergraduate Student

The choice to major in agricultural and consumer economics (ACE) was an easy one for ACE student Preston Brown. Preston’s central Illinois upbringing and passion for agriculture pointed him in the direction of studying agribusiness markets and management at the University of Illinois.

“This program is one of the top programs in the country,” Preston says. “By enrolling in this department, you are able to take advantage of the top minds in agriculture while also using the prestige of our college to maximize your opportunities in the corporate world. Couple that with the family atmosphere you get in ACES and the personal touch of a small college, and it is truly a perfect match for me.”

Preston believes being involved in extracurricular activities and studying abroad is the way to make the most out of the U of I experience. He is a leader in the College of ACES Student Advancement Committee and the Orange Krush Foundation, as well as an active member of the U of I student chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA).

“Without a doubt, the out-of-classroom activities have improved my overall experience,” Preston says. “Our experiential learning trips through ACE 199 are incredible—once-in-a-lifetime trips and first-hand learning opportunities that we would never be able to get using our own connections. I joined the class on a trip to see agriculture in California. NAMA has also offered an awesome opportunity to do hands-on marketing and compete against other top students across the nation.”

Preston says the real-world exposure at the University of Illinois has prepared him the most for a career. The networking opportunities in ACES let students learn about internship opportunities, get advice, or ask general questions about their experiences to get a better feel for what is to come after graduation.

“When industry leaders want top students in agriculture, they come to the University of Illinois,” Preston says. “When growers want to find ways to more efficiently raise their crop, they look to U of I researchers. The quality of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni speaks for itself here, and the industry has noticed.”