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Zack Deery
Being part of a college and university that are sought after by the agricultural industry made my experience very enjoyable.

Profile: Zack Deery

Alumni
Grain Merchandiser, Consolidated Grain and Barge

Zack Deery has taken a career path different from most environmental economics and policy (EEP) graduates. An alumnus of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE), Zack says the College of ACES put him in contact with the industry he wanted to be in.

“Taking all of the ACE and upper-level markets and management classes helped me when I was placed in a job where I used what I had learned every day,” Zack says. “Displaying leadership abilities at an early stage in my career has definitely helped me excel in my profession.”

Working in a high-intensity, ever-changing market is what Zack enjoys most about his job. He says that CGB’s unique position lets him see the flow of commodities from field to export.

“I spend a great amount of time buying grain directly from farmers and local commercial dealers of agricultural commodities,” Zack says. “We are on both sides of the industry, as we also act as the seller to the Gulf of Mexico, where we then export the grain internationally for both direct food consumption and animal feed.”

Zack says that the U of I’s depth of involvement with the outside ag industry sets it apart from other academic institutions. Now that he’s on the other side of the recruiting table, he appreciates the university’s involvement in students’ career success even more.

“Being part of a college and university that are sought after by the agricultural industry made my experience very enjoyable,” Zack says. “Being able to hear from industry professionals, take advantage of career shadowing opportunities, and get exposure to real-world applications were unique opportunities. I would urge students to take the needed time to show interest in companies that spend the time to be in front of them.”