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Lifes best lessons are learned on the farm...

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 Education 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 Education 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 Program 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.

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