Farm Business and Production Management

Farm Business and Production Management is designed to teach principles of farm management and problem solving. Enrollment is open to any individual who is beyond high school and is actively engaged in or about to enter farming. This includes farm owners, operators, renters, partners, farm managers, and hired persons. Both men and women are encouraged to enroll. Enrollment in the program is targeted to individuals who have farming as their objective. The enrollees should plan to regularly attend scheduled group instruction sessions and allow time for individual on-the-farm instruction.

Instruction is planned over a six year period, but individual enrollment is on an annual basis. The program is planned and conducted on a two-fold basis:

  • A minimum of 45 hours of group instruction (lecture, classroom discussion, demonstrations, field trips, and small group instruction).
  • Students are encouraged to make use of 6 hours of on-farm instruction in which individual attention is given to each person. On farm instruction is prescheduled and may be set up with the instructor when needed.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Complete financial and production records necessary for business operation.
  • Develop and implement a soil management plan.
  • Apply appropriate cropping practices.
  • Develop and apply an appropriate livestock nutrition plan.
  • Implement an effective livestock management plan.
  • Operate tools and equipment needed in farm business operation.
  • Develop a farm business management plan.

Career Outlook:

The American farm is the most productive in the world, producing food and fiber to meet the world’s needs. The agricultural industry is changing as markets evolve and average farm size increases. Farm operations are becoming more technology based and complex. These trends mean that skilled farm specialists are, and will continue to be, in high demand.