The Ag Biz Planner Program is designed to help young, beginning, small and minority farmers become successful business people. The course gives attendees a unique set of tools to strengthen and grow their operations.
Participants will gain an understanding of the ag marketplace and participate in discussions focused on financial and business management topics.
Before the end of the course, farmers will create a strategic and relevant plan for their own business.
Online courses will improve participants' individual skills and help them become more responsible financial managers.
Face-to-face conferences allow attendees to meet other farmers from different regions and agricultural backgrounds.
Ag Biz Planner Program Goals:
Ag Biz Planner Outline:
The Young, Beginning, Small and Minority Farmer eLearning Curriculum will include ten online modules consisting of interactive exercises, an objective test and application exercises. The training modules will be available on-demand anytime through any high speed internet connection – either at a farmer’s home, place of business or from a local Farm Credit office. Association employees will act as mentors, guiding farmers through the training and providing feedback on completed application exercises. A face-to-face leadership institute will be held upon completion for all graduates to allow them to network and apply what they learned in a group setting.
Curriculum topics will include:
Ag Biz Planner participants will be young, beginning, small, and minority farmers. Participants will either be the primary decision maker or have major influence in decisions involving the farming operation. Participants will farm and reside in North Carolina.
Cost of the Program:
A kickoff webinar with Dr. David Kohl will be held on September 5th at 5:00 p.m. Cape Fear Farm Credit will provide a meeting space and fund meals and speaker fees.
The class will conclude with an overnight Leadership workshop in Raleigh, NC on January 10-11, 2018. Cape Fear Farm Credit will fund hotel, meals and speaker fees for that workshop as well.
One hotel room for one night, along with the meals and speaker fees during the final conference in Raleigh will be covered by Cape Fear Farm Credit. Each participant will be responsible for their own transportation to the meetings.
Please call Janna Bass at 800-368-5819 x2414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the program.
Applications for Ag Biz are being accepted through July 31, 2017.
Cape Fear Farm Credit will accept five young, beginning, small and minority farm families/producers in to the program. Interested applicants living in Cape Fear Farm Credit's territory must complete the application on this page to be considered.
The 10-module program is facilitated by Farm Credit University and consists of interactive exercises, an evaluation and application exercises.
Want more information? Find answers to common questions in the Ag Biz Planner FAQ.