Farm Operations & Management

  • Credits: 40
  • Degree Type: Diploma
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Program Description

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.


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.

According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Farmer and Rancher in the state of Minnesota is $35.43 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately -5.8%, a shrinking career.

Job Outlook & Salary Data


According to ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for Farm Operations & Management in the state of Minnesota from 2010-2020 is -2.8%, a shrinking growth career.

Program Course Listings

View semester order by campus: East Grand Forks

Required Courses

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

Area of Interest Elective Course Options

For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

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

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