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Ryan E. Aupperle
U of I and the College of ACES is simply the best place for training and developing professionals in the agricultural industry.

Profile: Ryan Aupperle

Alumni
Farm Manager

As a farm manager and real estate broker at Heartland Ag Group Ltd., Ryan Aupperle says his job requires professionalism every day.

“In our business you have to be professional, which includes a wide range of skill sets,” he said. “It helps to be personable, timely, detail-oriented, and have the ability to listen and solve problems.”

Aupperle, a graduate of Agricultural Economics, spends most of his time focused on the farm management component and the day-to-day operations of their family business.

“I enjoy working with a wide variety of people in multiple situations,” he said. “Those experiences range from negotiating lease terms with a farm operator to communicating with an absentee land owner. I also find myself working with a client’s accountant or attorney on a particular issue. Of course, I enjoy getting out of the office visiting farming operations and working on drainage and conservation projects, too.”

Looking back on his experience in the College of ACES at the University of Illinois, Aupperle said he is thankful that he received a well-rounded education at a top-notch university. He said it was a great opportunity to live on campus and interact with fellow students, faculty and staff.

One of his favorite memories was taking a class trip over spring break to New York City his senior year. During this ACE 199 class focused on agribusinesses, they were able to tour Rabobank, Farm Credit Services, Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg, and even received a personal visit from clothing designer Eileen Fisher.

Aupperle was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and the Student Advancement Committee. His participation in these organizations, combined with his courses, made him appreciate the education he received.

“U of I and the College of ACES is simply the best place for training and developing professionals in the agricultural industry,” he said.