Individuals enrolled in these adult farm management classes include active farm producers, FSA beginning farm loan borrowers, farm managers, landowners, lenders, anyone wishing to become more knowledgeable about production agriculture!
Overall program outcomes include:
- Utilize agronomic resources for optimal farm production.
- Evaluate livestock management plans.
- Plan for operation and maintenance of farm facilities and equipment.
- Create farm business plans.
- Apply marketing principles to agricultural enterprises.
These courses are not eligible for financial aid.
To determine whether you may be eligible for assistance via a tuition grant, please complete the Tuition Assistance Grant Form and return to an FBPM instructor.
Beginning Farm Management is a year-long class that will focus on the beginning concepts of production agriculture in the areas of:
- Business Planning
- Risk Management
- Recordkeeping & financial statements
- Lending opportunities
- Production Management
- Agricultural Technologies
- Mentorship and Networking opportunities
Individuals will be able to implement financial record programs, evaluate sources of credit, develop a business plan and construct financial statements necessary for whole farm analysis.
Individuals that should consider enrolling in this course are:
- High school graduates going back to the farm
- Current college students considering managing or owning a farm
- FSA beginning farm loan borrowers
- Individuals who recently bought land and are exploring farm enterprise options
- Any individual interested in exploring beginning management of a farm business
Class is held once a month in the evening at Southwest Tech from September through August or January through December.
Individual farm assistance is available as part of enrolling in this course. Our instructor will meet with you individually to assist in activities like setting up a recordkeeping system, developing financial statements such as a balance sheet and cash flow plan, or constructing a business and marketing plan. Eight (8) hours of individual assistance are available and setup by appointment with the instructor.
Production agriculture is an evolving career that encourages the need for continued education to increase farm profitability and sustainability. It is critical for farm owners and managers to access their own farm business operations on an annual basis to determine strengths and opportunities that lead to success.
Courses offered in the advanced farm management track will revolve around three main areas: livestock, financial, and crop management. Courses in all three areas will be offered in one year, however, with a different emphasis. Farm producers will be able to learn the latest research, technology, and management tools that will aid in making every day management decisions.
Current course offerings include:
Class locations are offered throughout the Southwest Tech district. Current class sites are:
Classes are offered in the evenings between the months of November and March to accommodate farm producers and their farming schedules.
Individual farm assistance is available as part of enrolling in these courses. Our instructors will meet with you individually to assist in activities that require more specific attention to your farm's needs. Individual assistance is set-up by appointment with the instructor.
Throughout the year, our instructors will offer short training courses that are focused on specific topics that address current demands of the farming community. Current offerings are:
Producers enrolled in the Nutrient Management Planning and Nutrient Management Planning (Update) courses:
- will be eligible for tuition reimbursement and financial assistance with soil sampling upon completion of their 590 Nutrient Management Plan. Please contact an instructor to learn more.
- current soil samples within the last four years are required to complete a current 590 plan.
Instructors are on staff to assist farm producers on an individual need basis. Consider calling an instructor today to learn more about how we can assist you in the areas of:
- Financial Analysis
- Business Planning
- Loan Application Planning
- Feasibility Study/Cash Flow
- Farm Succesion Planning
- Crop Management Analysis
- Livestock Management Analysis
- Nutrient Management Planning Update
- Computer Software Training
- Market Plan Development
Please contact one of the FBPM instructors when registering.