ND Farm Management Education Program Frequently Asked Questions
What does it cost to enroll?
The annual enrollment costs vary based on when the participant enrolls at either of the four community colleges or Glen Ullin High School. On average, the personalized instruction costs $650 per year.
I don’t want my financial information to become public. Should I be concerned?
There is no need for concern in sharing information. All information and data collected are completely confidential. We will establish a relationship with your lender so information can be shared. Your analysis will be submitted for the purpose of publishing state and regional averages but will only be used as part of a group average.
Is there assistance available for paying tuition?
If you are interested in enrolling in the ND Farm Management Education Program, contact an instructor at a local participating community college or Glen Ullin High School to find out about grants/scholarships.
Who should enroll in the ND Farm Business Management Education Program?
Our program has great value for all ages and situations. We have students from ages 18 to 70 and from 1st-year farms to well-established operations. It is all about understanding your farm or ranch’s financial situation and performance and helping you make better decisions.
Bryan A., Farmer - Bowbells
“I enjoy being able to benchmark my numbers against other farms to see how am I am doing in relation to other farms in the area. It also keeps track of your numbers for every year that you're in the program so you can see trends, and know where are you trending in your different categories. Knowing your numbers is key. Having somebody to help you do that each year is important so that you can know how to benchmark yourself, know where you need to be on a marketing basis and know each year in and year out.”
Jacob F., Ag lending officer, First Western Bank & Trush - Minot
“Why should the average operator consider using the North Dakota Farm Management Program? Well, I'd see the biggest benefit coming back to when they sit down with their ag lender at renewal time. They can make sure they're accurate and utilize different types of programming so they can see where they sit financially through the various analysis that the farm program does. When you can simplify that and make my job easier, I can get you an answer more quickly.”
Joe M., Farmer & Rancher - Rolette
"I'm a fourth-generation farmer, been here since I was a wee little lad, and going to be here for the next 50 years, and hopefully, a fifth-generation follows us. Every morning you wake up and you try your best to take care of the herd, and take care of the land. It's a big responsibility. I’m enrolled in the Farm Management Program because Dad was first enrolled before me about 30 years. It's really helped with figuring out what land's profitable and what isn't. You learn more and more every year. There's always more to learn when it comes to farming and ranching."
Bruce A., Farmer & Rancher - Bowbells
“The Farm Management program is great for passing on a healthy operation to the next generation. You get to work with your farm, and everything you do in your farm management helps decide whether it’s a viable asset to pass on to your children.”