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Farm Operation
Program Code: 31-080-4

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Technical Diploma: 54 Weeks Over 3 Years, 27 Credits
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

As a Farm Operation student, you are a beginning farmer employed on the family farm; or a farm technician or dairy cattle herd manager. Upon graduation, you will be carrying out many farm operations such as dairy cattle management, farm machinery mechanics and management, crop management, and a multitude of other responsibilities required of a full-time farmer.

Program Description

The Farm Operation program is designed to provide you with up-to-date knowledge of production agriculture. This program primarily enables you to perform productively in the field of agriculture by providing you with knowledge, skills, and training related to day-to-day farm management activities. This program runs three days a week from mid-November until mid-April to accommodate people employed full-time in farming.

In this program, you concentrate on the skills required to make sound business-management decisions, and on the care and feeding of livestock, the selection and maintenance of equipment and machinery, and the production of agricultural crops.

You will learn to plan a successful farm business operation and will develop the leadership skills needed to fulfill occupational, social, and civic responsibilities.

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Helpful High School Courses

Agriculture, conservation, natural sciences, and business courses will be helpful to any Farm Operation student.

Program Outcomes

The Farm Operation Technical Diploma takes 3 years to complete. The course work is done in the classroom and lab. The program outcomes that will be assessed in this program are:

  • 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.

Contact Us

For additional information, call Randy Tenpas at (920) 735-5673 or visit the department website at

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program