Farm Business & Production Management

Technical Diploma
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Why choose Farm Business & Production Management?

  • Learn and fine tune technological, production, and financial skills to increase farm profit, including analyzing research based knowledge used to make individual farm business decisions.
  • Network with experienced farmers and industry, government, and UW-extension experts, all while staying local.
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.

Program Locations

Adams Campus
401 North Main Street
Adams, WI 53910

Marshfield Campus
2600 West 5th Street
Marshfield, WI 54449

Stevens Point Campus
1001 Centerpoint Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494

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.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $2,741.79
  • Books: $11.35
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $50.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $2,803.14

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is NOT eligible for Financial Aid.

Term: 1
Catalog# Title Credits
10080140 Farm Financial Analysis 3.00
10080105 Intro to Soil Science 3.00
10091102 Intro to Animal Science 3.00
10090101 Agriculture Business Management 3.00
10093104 Principles of Crop Management 3.00
10091103 Animal Nutrition 4.00
(19 Credits)
(19 Credits)

Instructors

MIKE SABEL, BS, MS

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 30 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.”

Careers

  • 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

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“The agricultural programs at Mid-State have been of great value to me as I start my farming career. The combination of in-class instruction, on-farm guidance, and the ability to network with other farmers has given me the facts and resources needed to meet the demands of the dairy industry. I would definitely recommend these programs for practical-based knowledge.”

CHRIS FUCHS
MID-STATE ‘14
MARSHFIELD, WI

Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

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Farm Business Production Management Pathway