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Sustainable Farm Management



Students in this course will study environmentally and social sustainable enterprises to learn about management strategies for running a farming or food-based operation. Discussion will include farm management strategies, such as lean management strategies for farm operations and food establishments. We will also discuss business opportunities within all aspects of the greater food system. How does organic certification, Food Safety Moderation Act (FSMA) and other government regulatory requirements affect a business model? What infrastructure is needed? What is the role of County Extension, conservation districts, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS)? Students will also student social purpose corporations and other forms of business ownership. Students will study the parts of a business plan, competitive business model, and a solid strategic plan. They will consider marketing, accounting, human resources, and strategic planning. Students will learn how to estimate taxes, do break-even analysis, calculate payroll costs and prepare pro forma financial statements.


Oct 7, 2024 — Nov 10, 2024

Feb 24, 2025 — Mar 30, 2025

May 19, 2025 — Jun 22, 2025


Distance Education - Online

Registration Information

For credit cost: $1410