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Farm Operations and Management

The program prepares students who are engaged in, or who are in the process of becoming established in, farming. As the business of farming continues to change, the challenge becomes one of finding the best source of good farm management education. The practical "hands on" applications taught in the Farm Operations and Management courses enable students to make sound management decisions based on financial analysis and production information, utilizing computer applications.

The program is scheduled for two abbreviated semesters from early November through late March for two consecutive years. This enables the students to be on the farm during the production year.


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Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.

The minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test for the Farm Operations and Management diploma program are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 64
Arithmetic: 50

Note: Some programs may require assessment scores that exceed the minimum required for the Farm Operations and Managment diploma program in the areas of Reading Comprehension, Elementary Algebra & Intermediate Algebra.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
AGRI 1104 Ag Economics 2 credits
AGRI 1110 Farm Records & Budgeting 2 credits
AGRI 1120 Crops Marketing I 2 credits
AGRI 1130 Machinery Management 2 credits
AGRI 1140 Cereal Production 2 credits
AGRI 1150 Soil Maint & Fertility 3 credits
AGRI 1160 Establishment in Farming 2 credits
AGRI 2206 Rural Leadership 1 credits
AGRI 2210 Farm Analysis & Finance 3 credits
AGRI 2220 Crops Marketing II 2 credits
AGRI 2230 Farmstead Improvement 2 credits
AGRI 2240 Farm Computerized Records 1 credits
AGRI 2250 Welding I 1 credits
AGRI 2260 Agricultural Chemicals 2 credits
AGRI 2280 Farm Tax/Estate Planning 3 credits
AGRI 2290 Internship 1 credits
CPTR 1104 Intro to Computer Tech 3 credits
ENGL 1012 Applied Communications 3 credits
  Program Specific Electives ( *See Elective Course Options Listed Below ) 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 40 credits

Program Specific Elective Course Options

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Electives for this program may be selected from the following list of courses below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
AGRI 1172Corn Production 1 credits
AGRI 1192Soybean Production 1 credits
AGRI 2202Dry Bean Production 1 credits
AGRI 2222Sugar Beet Production 1 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

1. Student will demonstrate effective oral and written communications with respect for diversity of culture, age and gender in business situations.
2. Student will create and maintain accurate computerized business records for farming operations.
3. Student will maintain internal relationships.
4. Student will exercise ethical and legal guidelines to resolve business issues.
5. Student will integrate technological applications appropriate to current business needs.
6. Student will apply principles of Farm Business management to a farm operation.
7. Student will develop an effective estate plan.
8. Student will utilize technical skills in the farm business.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Most students come from communities in North Dakota and Minnesota. While many graduates return to their family farming operations, a number are also employed by farmers or hired as a farm manager. The graduates return to the farming operations with a general about all aspects of farming in northwestern Minnesota and northeastern North Dakota including production practices, financial management, marketing strategies, and technical skills used by farmers.

The employment outlook for farmers and ranchers in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is -2.8%, a shrinking career.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Jade Klein
  • Farm Operations & Management Instructor
  • (218) 793-2586