Hard work. Caring for the land. And farming operations.

For years, farmers and ranchers have been passing valuable lessons down from one generation to the next. But with today’s ever-changing market conditions and rising operating costs, farming and ranching the same way year after year may not provide you with your best path to profitability. Learning new lessons through the North Dakota Farm Management program can help you maximize your operation’s potential and profits. Through this program, you’ll learn how to collect, manage and analyze data to adapt to changing times and take advantage of current market opportunities. 

You’ll work one-on-one with your instructor in a personalized program tailored to your needs. You can enroll in this program at any time. 

You’ll learn to: 

  • Maintain a detailed record of the performance of your farm or ranch: types of crops, yields, livestock, sales, profits/losses, expenses, etc.

  • Compare year-to-year performance 

  • Confidentially compare your performance to other similar operations

  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of your farming operation

  • Assess the value of potential acquisitions

  • Adjust your farm’s business strategy based on solid data

  • Assess the viability of passing the operation along to the next generation

Farmers and ranchers need to make a lot of decisions about crops, livestock, budgets, and expenditures. Our Farm Business Management program gives you the data and the skills you need to make those decisions with confidence. Learn to manage your farming operation to make the most of your farm’s potential. 

Farm Management Education is certified to meet the Farm Service Agency borrower training requirements. Students must be actively engaged in farming or ranching a beginning farmer/rancher to enroll. All types of farms and ranches are eligible. Throughout the program, you will be using your own farm’s financial information, which will remain confidential. The information will be used anonymously in local, regional and state databases.




Farm Management Address

Farm Management Phone Numbers


Kyle Olson

Bismarck State College

Bismarck State College
1500 Edwards Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58506-5587

701-224-5417 (o)
701-516-3961 (c)


Rodney Armstrong

Dakota College at Bottineau

Dakota College
105 Simrall Boulevard
Bottineau, ND 58318-1198

701-228-5481 (o)
701-550-9703 (c)


Keith A. Knudson
Instructor, Specialty Crops

Dakota College at Bottineau

Dakota College
105 Simrall Boulevard
Bottineau, ND 58318-1198

701-228-5489 (o)


Joel Lemer
Steve Metzger

Lake Region State College

Farm Business Management
Carrington Research Extension Center
663 Hwy 281 Box 219
Carrington, ND 58421-0219

701-652-2951 Research Center
Ext 119- Joel 122-Steve
701-653-0413 (c) Joel
701-652-5727 (c) Steve

Devils Lake

Dr. Bayarbat Babarch

Lake Region State College

Lake Region State College
1801 College Drive N.
Devils Lake, ND 58301-1534

701-662-1554 (o)
310-948-4999 (c)


Jeffrey Dragseth

Bismarck State College

Farm Business Management
Dickinson Research Extension Center
1041 State Avenue
Dickinson, ND 58601

701-426-1121 (o)


Kelcey Hoffman

ND State College of Science

1305 19th Aven N.
Fargo, ND 58102

701-231-6931 (o)
701-535-0165 (c)

Glen Ullin

Ron Egli

Glen Ullin Public School

Glen Ullin Public School
PO Box 548
Glen Ullin, ND 58631

701-348-3590 (o)
701-260-5227 (c)


Jason Fewell

ND State College of Science

James Valley Center
Technology Center
910 12th Ave NE
Jamestown, ND 58401-6513

701-952-4166 (o)
701-331-1363 (c)


Darren Wilcox

Lake Region State College

Farm Business Management
Langdon Research Extension Center
9280 107th Ave NE
Langdon, ND 58249

701-256-2582 (o)
701-350-2965 (c)


Lynsey Aberle

Dakota College at Bottineau

Farm Business Management
North Central Research
Extension Center
5400 Hwy 83 South
Minot, ND 58701

701-857-7600 (o)
701-720-2323 (c)


Sheila Braaten

Dakota College at Bottineau

Rugby Public Schools
1123 South Main
Rugby, ND 58368-2428

701-776-5095 (o)
701-771-7024 (c)


Kara Wulfekuhle

ND State College of Science

ND State College of Science
800 N. 6th Street
Wahpeton, ND 58706-0002

701-671-2593 (o)
701-690-8480 (c))

WillistonRodney Armstrong

Dakota College at BottineauDakota College
105 Simrall Boulevard
Bottineau, ND 58318-1198
701-550-9703 (c)

​How to Enroll 
To enroll in a ND Farm Management program near you, contact one of the instructors listed below or fill out the form on this page.

2020-2021 Farm/Ranch Business Management Instructors

Life’s best lessons are learned on the farm.