Farm Operation

Farm Operation

Technical Diploma

A farmer’s work is often strenuous, marked by long hours and few days off. But, for many, these disadvantages are outweighed by the joys of working outdoors, being self-employed, and making a living working the land.

A Closer Look

During the planting and harvesting seasons, farmers typically work from sunrise to sunset, and caring for livestock is ongoing throughout the year. On very large farms, they spend much of their time meeting with farm managers or farm supervisors. During the “off season” they plan next season's crops, market their output, and repair machinery. Some farmers use this time to attend conferences, connecting and sharing with others in the industry.

As farming practices and agricultural technology become more sophisticated, farmers and farm managers are spending more time in offices and at computers, where they electronically manage many aspects of their businesses to ensure success.

What You'll Learn

The Farm Operation program at Mid-State prepares graduates to confidently run the day-to-day operations on a dairy farm. You’ll learn about livestock and their products, livestock diseases and prevention, quality milk and meat production, soils, crop production, and more.

This hands-on program features agribusiness professionals who share their knowledge directly through presentations, demonstrations, and tours. Course topics include best practices for farming, such as how to manage farm records, farm computerization, and critical facts about financial credit, income tax law, and marketing.


  • Agricultural Manager
  • Agriculture Sales
  • Breeder
  • Dairy Equipment Service Technician
  • Farming
  • Farm Manager
  • Herd Manager

Your Instructors

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


Teri earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture education from UW-River Falls. She grew up on a sheep, beef, and pumpkin patch farm and has additional experience raising chickens, turkeys, pigs, horses, dairy heifers, and rabbits. Teri worked in business for five years, and her extensive teaching background includes five years at Mid-State.

“Agriculture and teaching are my passions. In the Farm Operation program I get to combine them to help students learn. Being in the heart of America’s dairyland, we’re able to give our students valuable hands-on experience.”

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
10080101 Soils 1.00
31080316 Livestock Production 1.00
31080353 Forage Crops 2.00
31080390 Communications 1.00
(5 Credits)
Term: 2
31080309 Milk & Milk Products 1.00
31080318 Farm Accounting 1.00
31080320 Farm Maintenance 2.00
31080347 Farm Chemicals 1.00
(5 Credits)
Term: 3
10080120 Ruminant Animal Nutrition 2.00
31080322 Farm Business Planning 1.00
31080365 Farm Law 1.00
31080380 Farm Buildings & Dairy Cattle Housing 1.00
(5 Credits)
Term: 4
10080110 Animal Health 1.00
31080352 Corn, Grain, & Seed Production 2.00
31080367 Marketing (Including Co-Ops) 1.00
31080372 Farm Computers 1.00
(5 Credits)
Term: 5
10080102 Soil Fertility & Nutrient Management 2.00
10080140 Farm Financial Analysis 3.00
(5 Credits)
Term: 6
10080111 Animal Reproduction 2.00
31080310 Raising Dairy Replacements & Dairy Beef 2.00
31080376 Economics of Farm Equipment 1.00
(5 Credits)
Total Credits: 30