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Reid Shipton

Class of 2018
From Delavan, Illinois
Interned at AgReliant Genetics

Reid grew up on a small farm in central Illinois. He has always been interested in agriculture and knew that he wanted to pursue a degree in the field. In high school, he was involved with FFA and was the president of his chapter his senior year.

“I chose Agriculture Leadership Education because I wanted to be able to work well with people,” he said. “I would like to go into sales. I think it is very important to be able to tell how your customers are feeling and react accordingly. Agriculture Leadership Education classes give you these skills.”

Reid was a Seed Production intern at AgReliant Genetics in the summer of 2016. He says, “Interning at AgReliant was an experience that was very beneficial for me. I was able to see all the different aspects of seed corn production -- everything from being in a lab to in the field.”

His advice to future U of I students is to get involved. “As a transfer student, I know that it can be difficult to get plugged into clubs and organizations; all of clubs on campus are very welcoming and there is a club for everyone.”