AGR1264 FARM MANAGEMENT
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman and sophomore year.
AGR1264 - Farm Management (3 hrs.)
This course will cover the principles and practices involved in managing an agriculture production business. Emphasis is on decision making, financial analysis, business structure, risk management, planning and managing resources.
The purpose of this this course is to provide the student with the knowledge and skill necessary to managing an agriculture production business. Emphasis is on decision making, financial analysis, business structure, risk management, planning and managing resources.
Upon completion of the course, the student will:
- Describe management techniques that are important in production agriculture.
- Maximize income by monitoring income and expenses.
- Identify legal, ethical and environmental concerns for farm management.
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.
UNIT 1: Management Techniques
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully describe management techniques that are important in production agriculture.
- Develop a layout for a farm and/or livestock facility.
- Develop a management and maintenance plan for farm/ranch machinery.
- Develop a farm/ranch management recordkeeping system.
- Compare and contrast farm management software packages.
UNIT 2: Markets and Records
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully maximize income by monitoring income and expenses.
- Create a marketing plan for agricultural commodities off of the family farm.
- Evaluate methods to reduce labor costs.
- Create a spreadsheet to keep track of expenses and income for farming operations.
- Summarize balance sheets and cash flow.
UNIT 3: Legal, Environmental Issues
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully identify legal, ethical and environmental concerns for farm management.
- Identify and discuss legal contracts.
- Describe the processes of buying, leasing and appraising farmland.
- Explain partnerships and corporations.
- Summarize typical farm liability laws.
- Illustrate the use of government agriculture programs and local economic impact of such programs.
- Identify and describe ethical issues related to farm operations.
- Identify and describe ecological implications of modern farming operations including use of pesticides, herbicides, genetic alterations, etc.
Varies, refer to syllabus
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Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy.
Course Time Frame:
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402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.