Farm Credit Announces 2024 Ag Biz Masters Educational Program Registration
Farm Credit has announced that registration for Ag Biz Masters, the nationally recognized learning series for young and beginning farmers, is open now through December 15, 2023.
“Farmers are, by nature, lifelong learners,” says Tom Truitt, CEO of Horizon Farm Credit. “We’re pleased to support agricultural producers, not only with financing, grants, and awards, but also through educational opportunities, including our Ag Biz Masters program, which will benefit those seeking to break into the industry or expand their business knowledge.”
The two-year educational program is available to young, beginning, and small producers who are interested in refining their business management, financial, and marketing skills to help them as they launch or grow their businesses.
Ag Biz Masters blends virtual live and on-demand learning. The year one curriculum focuses on trends in agriculture, strategic business planning, financial management, and constructing both a balance sheet and income statement. Year two includes learning modules centered on understanding lending decisions, growth and transition management, personal financial management, and leadership skills.
“To date, we’ve had 730 students graduate from our Ag Biz Masters program,” says Johanna Rohrer, Horizon Farm Credit’s Member Education and YBS Program Manager. “Agriculture is a constantly changing industry, and we encourage all producers to take advantage of this opportunity to develop their business skills, just as they continue to advance their farming practices.”
The next Ag Biz Masters class begins in January 2024 and will run through April. The registration fee is $225, with full reimbursement available to those who successfully complete their registered year and live within the Horizon Farm Credit service area.