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Marny Ferrara

Biodiesel Trader

Marny approaches her career like an entrepreneur, applying intuition, curiosity and drive. As a Biodiesel Trader, she works passionately with fuel customers and embraces the volatility of markets.

Describe your career path with Cargill.

I joined Cargill as a Supply Chain intern. My work in the SAP tool raised even greater awareness that my energy is driven far more by people than systems. Cargill, open to the idea of a change, offered me the Commodity Merchant Associate position. Here, I honed the fundamentals of cash grain trading, agriculture and risk management. Today, as a Biodiesel Trader, I trade a physical product with direct sightlines to the business’ earnings; this kind of meaningful, measurable impact is something I consider crucial to my career.

How does Cargill’s mission to feed the world in a responsible way impact your work?

Cargill is committed to safely tackling some of the world’s most difficult agricultural challenges. Food safety and stability, supply chain assurance and community service are all interests of mine. I’m inspired as we strive to be the leader in connecting farmers with food, feed and industrial customers.

How does Cargill encourage learning?

Genuine curiosity is core to our culture. On-the-job experience is integral to merchandising. I’m empowered to make strategic decisions regarding customers and positions. There’s much to be learned from our customers. Internally, I’m grateful to be enrolled in Cargill’s Trading Academy, a mentor-led, peer-learning group. The material challenges one to think critically about cash and futures trading. Management prioritizes learning by supporting initiatives like the Trading Academy.

Tell us of your nomination into Cargill’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

The committee is comprised of individuals representing diversity across several dimensions including employee function, generation, gender and ethnicity. I’m honored to represent the female, millennial perspective. Diverse work teams best drive the bottom line. We’re unified by a common goal to improve inclusion and diversity. Approaching difficult conversations with courage can spark real change.

Some interesting facts about Cargill

We buy, process and distribute grain, oilseeds and other commodities to makers of food and animal nutrition products. We also provide crop and livestock producers with farm services and products.

We provide food and beverage manufacturers, foodservice companies and retailers with high-quality ingredients, meat and poultry products, and health-promoting ingredients.

Cargill serves industrial users of energy, salt, starch and steel products. We also develop and market sustainable products made from agricultural feedstocks.

We provide our agricultural, food, financial and energy customers around the world with risk management and financial solutions.