*AgVentures* is a management education program that is intended to help agricultural producers improve their prospects for success. Through this program, agricultural producers can become knowledgeable of management concepts and learn how to apply their knowledge to problems that they face as they operate their farm businesses. This new management education course should be quite valuable to those persons who understand that the success of their agricultural businesses will depend largely on how successful they are in becoming top-quality managers.
AgVentures has been designed to give agricultural producers ample opportunities to become acquainted with various management topics. Producers going through this program will take modules that address various topics. Format for instruction varies from 1-3 days of instruction.
This program is intended to help agricultural operators develop skills needed to effectively manage their farm businesses. Persons with limited formal training in management are the primary audience for this program. It is envisioned that most people who enroll will be established farm operators who want to sharpen some of theirmanagement skills and then learn new skills. Other people who may wish to participate in this program are agricultural professionals who frequently work with producers.
A good deal of the facilitating will be done by county extension agents, but some instruction may be done by other experts who have agreed to serve as facilitator. Each county agent will decide who serves as facilitator in a given county or multi-county area.
AgVentures is a fee based program. Participants will be expected to pay fees to cover the costs of producing instructional materials, leasing instructional space, and administering the program. It is envisioned that agribusinesses will be willing to sponsor some producers who wish to participate in AgVentures. These sponsorships will be used to cover some of the fees producers are expected to pay in order to participate in AgVentures.
If you would like more information on AgVentures please contact your Local County Agent or Jenny Vanderlin, Management Education Coordinator, Center for Dairy Profitability, (608) 263-7795.