Welcome to Farm Business Management

In today’s world, farming is a complex business with many facets. From the traditional family owned farm to the corporate farm, bookkeeping, profitability, tax planning and many other skills are required to complement traditional farming duties.

Agriculture is the number two industry in Minnesota, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities offers many programs for farm owners and employees.

This site will help you explore the many possibilities that await.

Farm Business Management Education Programs

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities farm business management education programs are administered through eight college campuses at 85 different sites across the state. There are a total of 73 farm business management instructors.

Farm business management programs are designed to provide education to farm owners and operators or persons interested in farming. The purpose of the program is to assist students in meeting their business and personal goals. This is best accomplished through the use of quality records and sound business decisions. Effective financial management in the business is the best way for the business to maintain that competitive edge.

Instructors in Minnesota’s farm business management education programs deliver the program using a variety of methods. The primary delivery method is through individualized instruction at the student’s farming business. Instructors meet with the students on a regular basis to evaluate the business and develop individual educational plans. Instruction is also delivered in the traditional classroom, small group meetings, field trips and tours.

Farm business management education is managed at the state level by the senior system director for workforce development and customized training. The state of Minnesota is divided into six regions which are managed by five regional deans of management education.

For more information contact:
Keith Olander
Director of the Agriculture Center of Excellence North - AgCentric
Central Lakes College
1830 Airport Road
Staples, MN 56479
Telephone 218-894-5163

or call

Brad Schloesser
Dean of The Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture
South Central College
1920 Lee Boulevard
North Mankato, MN 56003
Telephone 507-389-7263