Agricultural Business Fundamentals
11 Credits | 1 Year part time
Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*
Outreach Center: Balsam Lake*
*Combination of Hybrid and On Site instruction
Career Cluster: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Understanding where you are financially is the first step in making plans for the future. This certificate is all about creating financial statements, understanding them and figuring out ways to mitigate risk, diversify income streams and find bottlenecks.
The business side of the farm operation is often times the most critical part of any farm regardless of focus. In this pathway, students will learn what financial records to keep, how to market commodities, analyze financial benchmarks, along with assessing new technology.
The Agricultural Business Fundamentals Certificate will prepare you to:
- Plan for operation and maintenance of farm facilities and equipment
- Create farm business plans
- Apply marketing principles to agricultural enterprises
As a student in this program, you will learn how to contribute to the farm in a profitable and sustainable manner.
Practical, on-farm application.
A sharing environment.
Agricultural Business Fundamentals courses are offered in a hybrid setting. This allows you to enjoy the freedom of taking classes through the internet live from anywhere.
- Connect with your instructor and classmates during live classes via the web.
- Evening course will be available for individuals needing to complete continuing education requirements for FSA loans.
- Flexible schedules and delivery modes available to fit the busy lifestyle.
This pathway certificate will ladder into the Farm Operation technical diploma.
Practical & Applicable Lessons
The lessons of this program are designed to be applied directly to the production agricultural operation. The intent of each lesson is to improve quality of life, strengthen farm profitability and streamline management.
The instructor has a background in production agriculture and has experiential knowledge to sort through university and industry recommendations with competency and awareness of day-to-day farm activities.
Agricultural Business Fundamentals specifically covers: Farm Commodities, Emerging Trends in Agriculture, Farm Records and Analysis and Operating the Farm Business.
Agricultural Business Fundamentals is Part of a Career Pathway
As an Agricultural Business Fundamentals student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way!
You could take this first and get a credential.
Advance your skills to earn a one-year technical diploma.
Earn a bachelor's degree through Northwood Tech's transfer opportunities.
Admissions and Tuition
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Tuition and Fees
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Estimated Total Program Costs 2023-24*
Agricultural Business Fundamentals
11 Credits | 1 Year, Part-time
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the Northwood Tech Agricultural Business Fundamentals Program
Upon completion of the program, you will earn an Agricultural Business Fundamentals technical diploma. Continue your education at Northwood Tech in the Farm Operation technical diploma program.
Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college to earn your bachelor's degree and beyond.
Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.