Get a Head Start in the Field

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Farming and agricultural services are among Southern Minnesota’s strongest industries and South Central College now offers a quick-start program that helps people with interest in the farming profession get started. With the aging of the current generation of farmers, many opportunities are opening up for younger entrepreneurs looking to gain a foothold in this ever-evolving industry.  

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People new to the ag industry will benefit from this personal, strategic program that will provide you with knowledge of the most important elements to understand upon entering the ag industry. The courses covered in the AgSPARK program will include universal standards of operation related to the farming industry. Certificate courses familiarize you with the varied aspects of ag business, commerce, agricultural theory and technology that make up production agriculture.

The Farm Business Management program at South Central College provides expert one-on-one instruction to students in the AgSPARK program. Taught by experienced farm business professionals, this short-term certificate provides new farmers the opportunity to acquire the necessary business, financial, and farm-related knowledge necessary to enter production agriculture.

You will develop your ability to organize your farm resources in order to meet established business and family goals. You’ll also learn to maximize the return of dedicated resources and develop your decision-making abilities into a comprehensive, continuous process. Find more information at 

Admission Dates: Fall and Spring Semester
South Central College Credentials: Certificate
Location: Blue Earth, Fairfax, Faribault, Glencoe, Montgomery, Nicollet, North Mankato, Waldorf
For More Information: (507) 389-7200 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Employment Outlook
The average age of Minnesota farmers is 59 years of age. In the next 10-15 years many of the current farm businesses will be transitioning to the next generation of business owners. As one of Minnesota’s primary industries, agriculture has a solid foundation of success on which to build a career upon.

This program includes coursework in areas like:

  • Ag Orientation
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Agronomy
  • Creating a Business Plan for Your Operation
  • Ethics in Agribusiness
  • Foundation for Farm Business Management
  • Intro to Farm Business Management
  • Livestock Production
  • Marketing