Course: Farm Management Development Programme

Department: Agriculture

Type: Short Course

Duration: Two weeks

The Course

This unique training course has been developed with farmers for farmers and, benefits from the option of participants having the opportunity to undertake an assessment module which is accredited by the Royal Agricultural University.

The course has been running since 2015 and the objective of the programme is to help individuals develop the skills needed in a management type role. This is achieved by input and interaction with guest industry speakers and other members of the group, field trips and a case study.

The course uses a range of industry experts to deliver a wide range of topics.

Upon completion of the project and its coursework, students are awarded a Level 5 management accreditation.

What You Study

The programme, like the agricultural industry, is subject to change and is regularly assessed to ensure that it continues to meet industry needs.  Key topics covered include:

Week One:

  • Personal and business objectives
  • Resource appraisal
  • People management and motivation
  • Chairmanship and getting the most from meetings
  • Time management
  • Understanding accounts - sole trader and partnerships
  • Marketing
  • Benchmarking
  • FBT's
  • Costs of production
  • Land values and understanding your assets
  • Diversification field trip, exercise and SWOT analysis of own farm
  • Leadership and leadership styles
  • Business evaluation, gross margins and fixed cost.

Week Two:

  • Case study, group activity
  • Share farming and contract farming agreements
  • Succession planning
  • Business foundations and growth
  • Preparing a business plan
  • The media - the dos and don'ts of how to promote yourself and your business
  • Field trip
  • Presentation skills and public speaking
  • Global markets
  • Grain marketing methods and managing financial risk
  • Panel debate - topical subject for the industry
  • Case study SWOT analysis and presentation to the Farm Manager / Owner.

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Harry Middleditch

Farm Management Development Programme

Harry Middleditch is a 25-year-old Assistant Farm Manager for D F Middleditch & Son based on the Essex / Suffolk border. They farm approximately 1000 acres of combinable crops, as well as having a flock of 50 pedigree Hampshire Down sheep and 100 Poll Dorset Ewes. A 2017 delegate, see what Harry thought of the Farm Management Development Programme...

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