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

What You Study

The course, like the agricultural industry is subject to change and is assessed to ensure that it continues to meet industry needs.  Key topics that will be 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 do's and don'ts of how to promote yourself and your business
  • Field trip
  • Presentation skills
  • 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

Share this course

Chantelle Beaumont-Hayes

BTEC Level 3 in Agriculture

“Bishop Burton is a really good college. Everyone is there to help you and having the farm to work on helps you understand it more, rather than just sitting in a classroom. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to study agriculture.”