Learn about the Business of Agriculture
Be prepared for the future.
Farmers today need to do more than just producing grow crops or livestock. Today's farming is a market driven business. Competitors can come from all around the world, and conditions in the market place can change anytime without warning.
Farmers need to be entrepreneurial, risk managers, financial managers and innovators with a constant awareness of trends and developments in their industry and a preparedness to adapt and change quickly to meet any challenges that arise.
- Learn to make better decisions, and more informed choices about what to do and how to do it in the business of agriculture.
These six compulsory modules provide foundation knowledge for this Advanced Certificate in Agribusiness.
In addition to the core modules, students study any 3 from the following modules. We advise you to choose modules that will most broaden and deepen your knowledge and awareness of agricultural prospects in the region that you live. These modules don't need to be chosen until after you complete the compulsory modules, and in many ways you are best to wait until that point in time before choosing your electives.
Industry Project BIP000
Industry Project II BIP001
Animal Anatomy And Physiology (Animal Husbandry I ) BAG101
Animal Health Care VAG100
Ecotour Management BTR101
Permaculture II (Plants for Permaculture) VSS105
Permaculture III (Animals) VSS106
Sales Management BBS102
Soil Management (Agriculture) BAG103
Workshop I BGN103
Animal Feed & Nutrition (Animal Husbandry III) BAG202
Beef Cattle BAG206
Bookkeeping Applications (Bookkeeping II) BBS203
Calf Rearing BAG207
Cut Flower Production BHT221
Dairy Cattle BAG205
Engineering II - Engineering Applications BSC205
Goat Production BAG223
Irrigation - Agricultural Irrigation BAG213
Mariculture - Marine Aquaculture BAG220
Pasture Management BAG212
Project Management BBS201
Sustainable Agriculture BAG215
Trees For Rehabilitation (Landcare Reafforestation) BHT205
Weed Control BHT209
Agronomy II - Grains BAG309
Animal Breeding BAG301
Aquaponic Production BHT319
Food Processing and Technology BSS301
Irrigation Management BAG303
Organic Farming BAG305
Tissue Culture BHT306
Course Duration - 900 hours
Farming today is more than just growing crops or livestock.
To succeed, you need to learn to:
- grow the right produce at the right time;
- process it in a way that produces the most profitable product;
- manage your assets (land, people, money) in a sustainable way.
Farms are diverse in size, how they are managed and what they produce. They might be producing meat, grain, wool, milk, vegetables, fruit, oils or something else.
They may be producing more than one type of produce. To be a sustainable agribusiness they may need to have diversified production; particularly with the volatile nature of such factors as the weather and markets.
Sometimes things are grown to reduce costs , rather than directly sell to someone else; for example hay or fodder crops grown by a dairy farmer to feed his herd in times of poor pasture. Alternatively, by having a milking house cow, or running a few head of beef for meat are simple ways of reducing farm costs.
For many farm products, there are varying ways of producing the “final product” (i.e. different production systems).
- Meat or plants may be grown fast or slow (quality and tenderness of food may be affected by speed of growth)
- Most things (e.g. meat, fruit, wheat, etc.), can be grown in a natural situation with minimum human intervention; or a more unnatural situation, with greater human intervention.
- Produce may be grown on a small scale, or on a large scale
- Systems can be monocultures (producing one thing only) or polycultures (where different animals and plants are integrated so that different products are taken from the same enterprise).
- Some systems are more labour intensive; others (e.g. mechanised systems) may be more manageable Land-care considerations may restrict the systems available (e.g. to prevent land degradation, it may be necessary to use a particular type of system).
Generally polycultures are less likely to cause land degradation.
Varying Production Systems
There are always lots of choices to be made about how to produce crops or livestock. The choices you may may be different according to not only what you grow, but the soil conditions, climate, cost of labour, cost of land, distance to market, cost of marketing, competition, and much more.
This course will Raise Your Awareness of the Factors that Impact Agribusiness
- Improve your capacity to make better decisions about what to farm, how to farm it, how to market it and ultimately how to run a more profitable agribusiness - both as a farmer; or as a provider of goods and services to a farm.
You can start the course at any time. If you have any questions or want help in choosing the right modules to suit your own career goals, please get in touch.
You can phone us on (UK) 01384 442752, (International) +44 (0) 1384 442752, or submit your questions to our specialist Agriculture tutors.