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Farm Business & Production Management

30-090-1 Technical Diploma (TD) 18 Credits Not Financial Aid Eligible Locations*: Appleton, Chilton, Clintonville, Oshkosh, Waupaca, Wautoma

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

If you want to learn the newest practices and technology in farming, you’ll find them in this unique program. Go on special field trips, attend classes and get personalized instruction on your farm while learning soil, crop and dairy management. You’ll also learn how to keep farm records and analyze your farm business operation. This part-time program is designed to fit around your work schedule.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

Occupational Specific (18 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Farm Business, Operating a
30-090-381
3Credit
180
18
180 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Focuses on management skills and concepts that first-year students need to continue farming in today's changing technology. Emphasis is given in establishing and recording farm business records and family goals. Students will organize and maintain farm business records and analyze them to make sound farm management decisions. Entire farming operation is assessed and plans are developed for future needs and goals. Classes are held throughout the year and include classroom and on-farm instruction.
Farm Safety and Personnel
30-090-389
3Credit
180
18
180 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Addresses general farm and animal safety guidelines, worker health, human resource management and OSHA regulations. Topics include creating an emergency response farm plan, hazards, personal protective equipment, accident prevention and protection, employee training programs, and livestock quality assurance.
Livestock/Farmstead Equipment Management
30-090-385
3Credit
180
18
180 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Includes various phases of selection, breeding, herd health, and the raising and marketing of livestock and livestock products. Students will learn the selection, operation and maintenance of milking, feed, ventilation, manure handling, equipment and farm buildings. Using a business analysis, they will understand how the livestock program is related to the total farm enterprise. Classes are held throughout the year and include classroom and on-farm instruction.
Farm Records and Business Analysis
30-090-386
3Credit
180
18
180 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Covers the practical use of a farm record system in managing the farm and financial analysis. Topics include the establishment of farm business goals, selection and use of farm credit, farm business arrangements, farm estate planning, and farm income taxes. Use of computers and/or computer records and financial analysis of farm business and finance strategy to meet the students' needs. Production and financial decisions will be based on students' farm business analysis. Classes are held throughout the year, and include classroom and on-farm instruction.
Select a total of 6 credits from these options
Crop Management
30-090-383
3Credit
180
18
180 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Focuses on crop production, management and economics. Specific topics relate to variety, selection, planning, pest control, harvesting, storage, safety and marketing. The farm cropping program is an integral part of the total farm business management plan. Classes are held throughout the year and include classroom and on-farm instruction.
Livestock Nutrition
30-090-384
3Credit
180
18
180 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Focuses on the skills, techniques and concepts necessary for sound feeding management. Topics include determining feed values, economics of feed, nutritional terminology and requirements, feed consumption of livestock, understanding feed tag labels for protein, energy, minerals and vitamins. Evaluation of base feed and feeding programs, and metabolic disease of lactating livestock. Classes are held throughout the year and include classroom and on-farm instruction.
Ag Commodities and Marketing
30-090-391
3Credit
180
18
180 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Addresses techniques and concepts necessary for creating and implementing ag marketing on an operation. Topics include marketing strategies, ag commodity marketing, direct marketing, risk management and regulatory policies.
Precision Agriculture
30-090-388
3Credit
180
18
180 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Provides an overview of precision ag farming concepts and the tools used in precision farming. Topics include implement setup and field tools, monitors, documentation, data collection, and data analysis.
Farm Transitions
30-090-390
3Credit
180
18
180 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Focuses on different methods and options for transferring a farm or setting up a new farm business enterprise. Topics include family communications, business entities, business principles, business planning, retirement planning, transfer planning and expansions.
Soil Management
30-090-382
3Credit
180
18
180 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Prepare and implement a land use plan, conduct soil testing procedures and interpret reports. This session also emphasizes the analysis of the farm business and planning of cropping strategies. Classes are held throughout the year and include classroom and on-farm instruction.

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