Farm Business & Production Management | Western Technical College

Farm Business & Production Management

Technical Diploma

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Not Financial Aid Eligible

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Technological advances, crop and livestock production, government regulations, commodity prices, and environmental concerns all affect the farmer’s bottom line.

The Farm Business and Production Management program is designed for people involved in farming who want to incorporate new and best practices. Instruction includes classroom, workshops, and on-farm experiences and activities. One major topic is emphasized each year with a five-year rotation of classes. Graduates who wish to continue after the first five years are encouraged to enroll in advanced courses. Students may join at any point during the cycle. Classroom sessions are usually held November through March with workshops and on-farm instruction taking place throughout the calendar year. All classes in the Farm Business and Production Management program include instruction on financial analysis and management of the farming operation.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Farm Business & Production Management

This program will cost about $2,300* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact an Admissions Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

Career Opportunities

Farm Assistant/Worker/Manager/Owner
Custom Applicator/Operations
Animal Husbandry
Agricultural Field Representative
Crop Producer

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Utilize agronomic resources for optimal farm production
  • Evaluate livestock management plans
  • Plan for operation and maintenance of farm facilities and equipment
  • Create farm business plans
  • Apply marketing principles to agricultural enterprises

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

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