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Jake Ralph

Class of 2013
From Pontiac, IL
Beck's Hybrids, Product and Sales Support Specialist

Jacob Ralph earned his degree in May 2013 from the University of Illinois Agricultural Education Program. He is now employed with Beck's Superior Hybrids as a Sales Associate. His duties range from sales support to logistics coordinator. In some instances, he also serves as an agronomic advisor for customers. Jacob says the aspect he most enjoys about his job is the "opportunity to complete a wide array of tasks and challenges on a daily basis, which provides the opportunity to learn multiple aspects of the industry". He also enjoys working with the other members of the Beck's Hybrids team and interacting with customers on a daily basis.

In order to excel at his position, Jacob feels time management and work ethic are of utmost importance. Additionally, Jacob says, "having a wealth of knowledge in many areas of the agricultural industry allows me to practice the characteristics of time management and work ethic in an effective and efficient manner". He further comments, "The University of Illinois sets itself apart from other academic institutions because it not only provides students with a great education, but it also provides numerous resources that can be used for career readiness and placement."

"I feel the rigor of the agricultural education curriculum at the University of Illinois prepared me for any career opportunity in the industry, and the networking opportunities of both the university and the Greek system allowed me to find the career that was the most fitting for me as an individual." In addition to his coursework, Jacob was also involved in several extracurricular activities on campus. Some of these activities included: The Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Ag Ed Club, Alpha Tau Alpha, Collegiate FFA, ACES Student Council, and the University of Illinois Hoof 'n Horn Club. He considers the relationships he established through these organizations to be one of the most enjoyable aspects of his time at the U of I.