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Essentials of Farm Business Management Certificate

Why Choose Essentials of Farm Business Management Certificate at CLC?

• One on one individualized course work, customized towards your operation.

• 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.

• Students will receive assistance on strategic planning for ownership changes, new enterprises or expansion.

• Learn to evaluate the profitability of your individual enterprise.

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

About the Program

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 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. For complete course description please visit http://www.fbm.mnscu.edu/ProgramsCurriculum.html

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

ESSENTIALS OF FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT CERTFICATE

Program Course Requirements

Required Courses

FBMT 1112 Foundations for Farm Business Management (4 cr)

FBMT 1121 Preparation for Farm Business Analysis (4 cr)

FBMT 1122 Implementing the System Management Plan (4 cr)

FBMT 1131 Managing and Modifying Farm System Data (4 cr)

FBMT 1132 Interpreting and Using Farm System Data (4 cr)

Total 20 Credits

Electives

Student must choose an additional 10 credits from the Farm Business Management Master Course Listing. Electives can be identified when the second numerical placeholder is a “2”. (i.e. FBMT 1211)

Total 10 Credits

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 30 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 – Essentials of Farm Business Management

 
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