Farm Business & Production Management

Farm Business & Production Management

Technical Diploma

Farming is hard work—and far from simple. Whether a small or very large farm, a family-owned or a much larger co-op, good farming is about anticipating and managing risk as well as establishing productive relationships within the agriculture industry.

A Closer Look

As much as ever, today’s farms are as focused on finding new ways to make farming a viable and profitable business as they are on planting, harvesting, and caring for livestock. The business of farming includes analyzing what is working on the farm and what isn’t, solving production problems, and marketing successfully.

Farm business also extends to other important work that makes the agriculture industry possible, such as feed mills, livestock markets, sales and service, and more.

What You'll Learn

Mid-State’s Farm Business & Production Management program teaches the skills needed to be competitive in agriculture and maximize profits. You’ll learn how to identify your farm’s strengths and weaknesses, analyze farm records to uncover hidden opportunities, apply proven marketing techniques, and more.

Classes are offered fall and winter and include instruction in the classroom, on the farm, and via group tours. Topics include crop production, soil management, and financial planning and analysis as well as the feeding, breeding, and management of livestock.


  • Dairy Equipment Service Technician
  • Farm Manager
  • Farmer
  • Feed Sales & Service
  • Fertilizer & Chemical Applicator
  • Field Crop Scout
  • Field Crops Worker
  • Field Equipment Operator
  • Livestock Artificial Inseminator
  • Livestock Herdsman
  • Livestock Nutritionist
  • Milking Parlor Manager
  • Nutrient Management Technician

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Farm Business & Production Management program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Mike has a master’s degree from UW-Madison. His experience includes working with crops, soil management, financial records and analysis, livestock nutrition, and management, and he has been sharing his skills and knowledge with farm students for over 20 years. Mike also works to keep farmers up to date on issues by sharing UW-Extension research, FSA programs, and current farming best management practices.

“Meeting the student where they are and finding out what they need is imperative to success for all.”

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
30090381 Operating the Farm Business 3.00
30090382 Soils Management 3.00
30090383 Crop Management 3.00
30090384 Livestock Nutrition 3.00
30090385 Livestock Management 3.00
30090386 Farm Records & Business Analysis 3.00
(18 Credits)
Total Credits: 18