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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Unlike Western's Agribusiness program, the Farm Business & Production Management program is created exclusively for current farmers who want to incorporate new and best practices on their operating farm. Technological advances, crop and livestock production, government regulations, commodity prices, and environmental concerns all affect your bottom line.

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. You 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 $2,462* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, view the Tuition page or Cost of Attendance document.

* 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

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

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