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Agricultural Commodities Marketing Certificate

Why Choose Agricultural Commodities Marketing Certificate at CLC?

• To compare your operation’s production and financial health with those of similar farms and monitor that data.

• Learn to plan for major changes in operation such as ownership changes, new enterprises or expansion.

• Learn to create business analysis using cash flow, balance sheets and strategic planning.

• Learn to develop and improve crop and livestock marketing plans.

• Learn to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your operation.

About the Program

The Marketing Certificate will provide the education necessary to develop the understanding, knowledge, and skills to market farm commodities. Specific skills include learning the individual marketing options available to producers to market their commodities. Students will also learn how to calculate an accurate cost of production for use in an individual marketing plan. This certificate is designed to have specific classroom instruction along with group seminar discussions and individualized instruction.

The Farm Business Management Program is designed for business owners, managers, and key employees of farm and agricultural business. In addition, individuals in the process of starting a farm or agricultural business may also enroll.

The primary emphasis of the Farm Business Management Program is to assist farm families in meeting their business and personal goals through quality farm records and sound business decisions. This program is primarily taught at the student’s place of business, but classroom and group instruction are also very important. Individualized instruction is used to the fullest extent. Students are enrolled in the program on a continuous, part-time basis.

Normal credit load is 10 credits per year, for the equivalent of 1/3 of a full-time college student. The instructor visits the farm on a regular basis and understands the strengths and weaknesses of each student’s business. Developing a set of sound farm records is the basis for the program. Primarily, computerized accounting is used to handle the complex records, which must be kept in an efficient farm business. At the close of the calendar year, these records are summarized by the instructor and a computerized business analysis is prepared for each student to show how well his/her business did financially during the year. Each student also receives an area Farm Business Analysis Summary, which allows them to compare their information with averages of other Farm Business Management students (farmers) in their local area and around the state.

The Farm Business Management Program offering consists of four certificate programs. The first three certificate programs are 30 credits in length. These three programs include Essentials of Farm Business Management, Applications in Farm Business Management, and Advanced Farm Business Management. The fourth certificate option is the Marketing Certificate, consisting of 25 credits.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

 

AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES MARKETING CERTFICATE

Program Course Requirements

Required Courses

FBMT 1170  Introduction to Farm Commodities Mktg (3 cr)

FBMT 1173  Directed Study – Introduction to Farm Commodity Marketing (2 cr)

FBMT 1180  Applying Commodity Mktg Fundamentals (3 cr)

FBMT 1183  Directed Study – Applying Commodity Marketing Fundamentals (2 cr)

FBMT 1190  Evaluating Farm Commodity Mktg Tools (3 cr)

FBMT 1193  Directed Study – Evaluating Farm Commodity Marketing Tools (2 cr)

FBMT 2170  Monitoring Farm Commodity Mktg Plans (3 cr)

FBMT 2173  Directed Study – Monitoring Farm Commodity Marketing Plans (2 cr)

FBMT 2180  Strategies in Farm Commodity Marketing (3 cr)

FBMT 2183  Directed Study- Strategies in Farm Commodity Marketing (2 cr)

Total 25 Credits

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 25 CREDITS

Detailed Program Information

Program Information: The primary emphasis of the Farm Business Management Program is to assist farm families in meeting their business and personal goals through quality farm records and sound business decisions. This program is primarily taught at the student’s place of business, but classroom and group instruction are also very important. Individualized instruction is used to the fullest extent. Students are enrolled in the program on a continuous, part-time basis. Normal credit load is 10 credits per year, for the equivalent of 1/3 of a full-time college student. The instructor visits the farm on a regular basis and understands the strengths and weaknesses of each student’s business. Developing a set of sound farm records is the basis for the program. Primarily, computerized accounting is used to handle the complex records, which must be kept in an efficient farm business. At the close of the calendar year, these records are summarized by the instructor and a computerized business analysis is prepared for each student to show how well his/her business did financially during the year. Each student also receives an area Farm Business Analysis Summary, which allows them to compare their information with averages of other Farm Business Management students (farmers) in their local area and around the state. The Farm Business Management Program offering consists of four certificate programs. The first three certificate programs are 30 credits in length. These three programs include Essentials of Farm Business Management, Applications in Farm Business Management, and Advanced Farm Business Management. The fourth certificate option is the Marketing Certificate, consisting of 25 credits

Special Program Requirements: The Farm Business Management Program is designed for business owners, managers, and key employees of farm and agricultural business. In addition, individuals in the process of starting a farm or agricultural business may also enroll.

Admissions: The Farm Business Management Program is primarily offered as individualized instruction at the business. Classroom instruction is also offered on a limited basis. Normal credit load is 10 credits per year, for the equivalent of 1/3 of a full-time college student.

Career Opportunities: Students in this program are currently employed in the field, or in the process of starting a business.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to:

  • Maintain accurate records regularly.
  • Complete business analysis annually.
  • Complete accurate balance sheets annually or as needed.
  • Complete business planning annually and strategically.
  • Continue in business after completing award area(s).

Instructors

Nathan Converse
Central Lakes College
Serving Little Falls Area
1830 Airport Road
Staples, MN 56479
(218)894-5141 office
(218) 296-1272 cell
Email Nathan for more information

Robyn Beck
Central Lakes College
Serving Milaca area
1830 Airport Road
Staples, MN 56479
(218)894-5141 office
(763) 274-9547 cell
Email Robyn for more information

Thaddeus McCamant
Central Lakes College
Central Lakes Ag Center
1830 Airport Road
Staples, MN 56479
(218)894-5141 office
(218) 894-9709 cell
Email Thaddeus for more information

Bob Rick
Central Lakes College
Central Lakes Ag Center
1830 Airport Road
Staples, MN 56479
(218)894-5169 office
(218) 820-8699 cell
Email Bob for more information

Ed Uhlenkamp
Central Lakes College
Central Lakes Ag Center
1830 Airport Road
Staples, MN 56479
(218) 894-5160 office
(320) 360-2747 cell
Email Ed for more information

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

Gainful Employment – Agricultural Commodities Marketing Certificate

 
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