Farming isn’t as simple as growing a crop and selling it.Crop production and marketing is now a sophisticated industry that demands strong skills and knowledge of agronomy, grain production, precision farming, and agribusiness management.
As a member of the Student Managed Farm you will be responsible for cropping, harvesting and marketing decisions.
You'll be in a conventional classroom learning theory, but the SMF is your real world, hands-on classroom where you'll put theory into practice learning how to manage a profitable farm through cropping recommendations, planning crop and herbicide rotations, selecting and operating machinery, plus marketing cereal, oilseed and specialty crops for maximum profitability.
You'll use current GPS and GIS technologies to apply precision farming techniques such as during harvest. Your business training will teach you how to manage either farm finances or a retail agriculture business. In your second year, you and your classmates run the farm from specific positions such as marketing manager. At the end of the school year, you’ll report on how your year went.