Essentials of Farm Business Management

FBMT 1211 Introduction to Farm Business Management – This course introduces basic farm
business management concepts. Students will study the farm management planning cycle and
develop an understanding of its relationship to family and farm business goal setting, cash and
enterprise accounting principles, and tax planning.

FBMT 2220 Special Topics in Crops – Analysis of special topics in crop production for students
actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 1112 Foundations for Farm Business Management – This course is an overview of the
Farm Business Management Program. The student will be introduced to goal setting, self and
business assessment, record keeping, and business projections to provide the foundation for
personal and business management progress. Current issues affecting business management
are an integral part of the course.

FBMT 2230 Special Topics in Livestock – Analysis of special topics in crop production for
students actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 1121 Preparation for Farm Business Analysis – This course will take the student through
a step by step procedure to close out a complete year of farm business records. This course will
emphasize tax planning, completing inputs to livestock and crop enterprises, and emphasizing
cash and liabilities accuracy. A completed business and enterprise analysis will be the course
focus.

FBMT 2200 Current Issues in Farm Business Management – This course is designed to assist
students to further develop their skills in business management. It provides an opportunity for
students to investigate and apply tools that may be effective in improving risk management
plans, strategic plans, and business plans in their farm business operations. Emphasis is placed
on the research of business management alternatives to meet their business and personal
needs.

FBMT 1122 Implementing the System Management Plan – This course continues to build on
the foundation of farm business management. The student will complete a farm business
financial and enterprise analysis. Sound financial record keeping is an integral component.

FBMT 2231 Special Topics in Livestock – Analysis of special topics in livestock production for
students actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 1131 Managing and Modifying Farm System Data – This course will help the student
refine their farm business data system and assist them in applying year-end procedures for farm
business analysis. Students improve accuracy in the following: farm enterprise analysis, tax
planning and filing, and cash and liabilities checks.

FBMT 2221 Special Topics in Crops – Analysis of special topics in crop production for students
actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT1132 Interpreting and Using Farm System Data – This course provides an opportunity for
the student to view the farm business and its various components through a number of vehicles
such as balance sheets, farm personal and managerial inventories, enterprise reports and
historical data.

FBMT 2232 Special Topics in Crops – Analysis of special topics in crop production for students
actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

 

Applications of Farm Business Management

FBMT 2141 Interpreting and Evaluating Financial Data – This course continues to expand on
preparation and evaluation of the farm business analysis. This course provides continued
guidance and perfection of business record closeout procedures, tax implications of
management decisions, and continues to monitor farm business and family goals.

FBMT 2210 Special Topics in Marketing – Analysis of special topics in crop production for
students actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 2142 Interpreting Trends in Business Planning – This course examines whole farm,
enterprise, balance sheet, and inventory trends. Current analysis data is compared to historical
data in making future farm business planning decisions. Financial ratios are used to indicate the
farm financial structure.

FBMT 2233 Special Topics in Livestock – Analysis of special topics in livestock production for
students actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 2151 Strategies in Farm System Data Management – This course will help the student
focus on long-term strategies necessary to maintain and enhance the farm business and
personal future financial goals. The student will complete the year by developing an accurate,
usable business analysis.

FBMT 2222 Special Topics in Crops – Analysis of special topics in crop production for students
actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 2152 Integrating System Information for Financial Planning – This course uses farm
system information to develop a farm financial plan. Interpretation and analysis of the farm
system data will enhance the reliability of the farm plan. The comprehensive farm plan will
integrate historical trends, farm and personal goals, financial and enterprise performance of the
farm business.

FBMT 2234 Special Topics in Livestock – Analysis of special topics in livestock production for
students actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 2161 Examination of the Context of Farm System Management – This course is designed
to assist students in preparation of improved farm system management procedures. Students
in this course will evaluate several years of an improved farm system analysis.

FBMT 2211 Special Topics in Marketing – Analysis of special topics in marketing for students
actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 2162 Refining Farm System Management – This course is the culmination of activities
designed to enable the student to develop and implement a comprehensive farm business
strategic plan. The student will use the components of the Farm Business Management
Program to develop and support a farm business strategic plan.

FBMT 2204 Special Topics in General Farm Management – Analysis of special topics in crop
production for students actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

 

Agricultural Commodities Marketing

FBMT 1170 Introduction to Farm Commodities Marketing – This course is designed to
introduce students to the various methods and tools to market farm commodities.

FBMT 1173 Directed Study & Farm Commodities Marketing – This course provides the student
with the opportunity to use the various marketing methods and tools.

FBMT 1223 Using System Analysis in Total Farm Planning – This course enables study of
concepts related to farm business analysis, and exploration of possible implications and/or
solutions to these concepts. A systematic method to assess farm business strengths and
weaknesses based on the analysis will be used.

FBMT 2205 Special Topics in General Farm Management – This course covers special topics of
interest in general farm management. Analysis of special topics in general farm business
management for students actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm
business.

FBMT 2212 Special Topics in Marketing – Analysis of special topics in marketing for students
actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 1180 Applying Commodity Marketing Fundamentals – This course is designed to teach
students to apply the various methods and tools to market farm commodities.

FBMT 1183 Directed Study Applying Commodity Marketing Fundamentals – This course
provides the student with the opportunity to apply marketing methods and tools to their
individual farming operation.

FBMT 1213 Managing a Farm System in a Global Economy – This course assists the students in
achieving awareness of development in agricultural policies and practices throughout the world
and assessing the impact of these policies and practices on the profitability and viability of their
farm business.

FBMT 2201 Special Topics in General Farm Management – Analysis of special topics in crop
production for students actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 2206 Special Topics in General Farm Management – Analysis of special topics in crop
production for students actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 1190 Evaluating Farm Commodity Marketing Tools – This course is designed to teach
students to evaluate the various farm marketing tools and to select the tool appropriate to the
present marketing situation.

FBMT 1193 Directed Study and Evaluating Marketing Tools – This course will allow the student
to implement and use the marketing tools appropriate to the current marketing situation.
Prerequisite:

FBMT 2202 Special Topics in General Farm Management – Analysis of special topics in crop
production for students actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 2207 Special Topics in General Farm Management – Analysis of special topics in crop
production for students actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 2243 Using Financial Instruments in Farm System Management – This course integrates
the application of various financial instruments used in acquiring capital for use in the business
and investigates the way in which both earnings and financial progress can be measured.

FBMT 2170 Monitoring Farm Commodity Marketing Plans – This course is designed to teach
students to monitor and refine current farm commodity marketing plans. Emphasis will be
placed on current market conditions and pricing opportunities.

FBMT 2173 Directed Study Monitoring Marketing Plans – This course will provide activities
directed toward monitoring and refining the student‘s farm commodity marketing plan.

FBMT 2208 Special Topics in General Farm Management – Analysis of special topics in crop
production for students actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 2213 Special Topics in Marketing – Analysis of special topics in crop production for
students actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 2263 Evaluating Farm System Programs – This course develops an awareness of
individuals and agencies, both public and private, which have expertise available to assist the
farm operator to solve farm systems problems. It enables study and application of farm
business evaluation concepts and exploration of possible implications. Exact subject matter
and time spent per topic will vary depending on student need, location, and time.

FBMT 2180 Strategies in Farm Commodity Marketing – This course is designed to help students
plan marketing strategies necessary to achieve farm business and personal goals.

FBMT 2183 Directed Study & Strategies in Farm Commodity Marketing – This course will help
students identify and implement marketing strategies necessary to achieve their farm business
and personal goals.

FBMT 2209 Special Topics in General Farm Management – Analysis of special topics in crop
production for students actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 2214 Special Topics in Marketing – Analysis of special topics in crop production for
students actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

FBMT 2229/2239 Special Topics in Crops/Livestock – Analysis of special topics in crop
production for students actively engaged in the operation and management of a farm business.

 

Advanced Farm Business Management

FBMA 2930 Fundamentals: Risk Management – This course is intended to have the student
enhance their decision-making skills relating to business risk management. This course will have the
student further investigate tools available to their business that would be effective in reducing
potential risk for their operation. Emphasis will be placed on having the student research risk
management options that will meet their business, family, and personal needs.

FBMA 2931 Applications in Risk Management – This course is intended to have the student apply
concepts in financial management that can be used in the development of a business risk
management program. The student is to implement risk management tools that will assist in meeting
their business, family and personal needs.

FBMA 2932 Fundamentals: Strategic Planning – This course will enable students to identify the
elements necessary to evaluate and create a strategic plan for the business. Determining uses for
the plan today and tomorrow and developing a plan to locate those team members necessary for
strategic plan creation.

FBMA 2933 Applications in Strategic Planning – This course will provide practical application of
strategic planning skills. Application skills will be practiced upon and applied to the student’s
business and business plan.

FBMA 2934 Fundamentals: Business Plans – This course will provide practical application of the
business plan. Application skills will be practiced and applied as the student’s business plan is
prepared and implemented.

FBMA 2935 Applications in Business Plans – This course will provide the necessary instruction to
put together and implement a business plan for the farm business.

FBMA 2936 Directed Study: Decision Making – This course will examine the individual, family and
farm business decision-making process with emphasis on upgrading and improving decision making
resources, tools, and skills. Particularly, this course will lead the student to critically analyze
information, applications, and implications of decision-making as it relates to their own situation.
Students will evaluate their own decision-making process.

FBMA 2937 Directed Study: Advanced Communications – This course will assist the student in
further acquiring and developing a higher level of communication skills. Students will review and
evaluate various communication methods and techniques in dealing with and relating to individuals
in both the public and private sector. Students will use this information in formulating an effective
communication method and style. Additional course content may include student-initiated or group
activities.

FBMA 2938 Directed Study: Technology Issues – This course will deal with experiencing modern
agricultural technological changes and determining if they fit into an individual’s farming operation.

FBMA 2939 Directed Study: Family Transition – This course provides the opportunity for the
student to study the many aspects of farm business and/or family transition, which occur in the
typical farm business.

FBMA 2940 Directed Study: Personnel Management – This course will organize skills for effective
management of farm employees and agribusiness personnel through the development of handbooks,
compensation/incentive packages, individual expectations/evaluations, and team meetings.

FBMA 2941 Directed Study: Enterprise Alternatives – This course will assist those students
wanting to make changes in their farm business through enterprise expansion, addition or
enhancement. The course will develop a set of procedures for exploring and evaluating alternative
choices.

 

Additional Courses

FBMT 1233 Application of Productive Enterprise Information – This course describes
procedures for applying enterprise information provided by computerized analysis of farm
business accounts.

FBMT 2253 System Plans and Projections – This course enables the combination of concepts for
preparing farm system plans and projections, and the interaction of possible implications
and/or solutions of these concepts.

FBMT 2300 Computer Applications in Farm Management – This course will discuss basic
computer literacy, identify commonly used software and demonstrate the uses of commonly
used software.

FBMT 2325 Ethics in this Business of Agriculture – This course will explore the various ways in
which a farm business conducts business and addresses their proper conduct.

FBMT 2305 Legal Issues in Agriculture – This course will examine rental contracts, liability
insurance, purchase agreements, and farm transfer issues.

FBMT 2330 Business Math Principles – This course will establish methods in determining
inventory, calculating acreages, determining yields, calculating fixed and variable costs, and
assist in understanding depreciation methods.

FBMT 2310 Environmental Interactions in Agriculture – This course will examine a variety of
environmental issues related to agriculture and suggested ways in which to address the issues.

FBMT 2335 Labor Economics and Management – This course will address the use of labor in
agriculture, labor work agreements, hired labor tax issues, and the evaluation of labor useage in
a business.

FBMT 2315 Effective Time Management – This course will explore various time management
principles and their utilization within the farm business.

FBMT 2340 Rural Leadership – This course will examine various farm organizations, the USDA,
and local political systems.

FBMT 2320 Family Wellness and Business Relationships – This course will study rural health
issues and their effects on successful business ventures.

FBMT 2345 CPR and First Aid – This course will assist the student in understanding proper
procedures for handling wounds and injuries, and in performing CPR.