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Tyler Uden
In my opinion, the University of Illinois is one of the best public universities in the country, and the very best agriculture school.

Profile: Tyler Uden

Alumni
Merchandiser, Clarkson Grain

“In my opinion, the University of Illinois is one of the best public universities in the country, and the very best agriculture school,” says Tyler Uden, an agricultural and consumer economics graduate. “The U of I combines esteemed professors, facilities, research capabilities, and a wide diversity of classes and activities.”

Tyler enjoys his work as a merchandiser for Clarkson Grain and believes the U of I prepared him for it. Being involved in activities outside the classroom, including a study abroad trip to Argentina and an internship with Cargill, equipped him to excel in the workplace.

“My time at U of I developed critical thinking skills and also offered a variety of classes and activities that really diversified my knowledge,” Tyler says. “My job is not as specialized as some, as I have many irons in the fire on a given day, so having a broad perspective of many areas, including finance, agronomy, economics, and marketing, really helps. My extracurricular activities helped make me very well rounded and able to handle a variety of situations.”

Tyler enjoyed networking with peers, professors, and professionals through his housing arrangements, studying abroad, classes, and Cargill internship. His networking skills combined with hard work have paid off in his career.

“The ability to network is critical for success as a grain buyer and merchandiser,” Tyler says. “Having relationships with many colleagues in different geographies and trades helps you gain the big picture rather than being limited to your own little bubble. Other pertinent skills for successful merchandisers include being personable, trustworthiness, and having the gusto to take advantage of certain market conditions to make profit. Finally, there is no substitute for good old fashion hard work and putting in the hours to accomplish your personal and company goals.”