resource contains reading materials, lectures, and work exercises
to help educators and farm business managers review and if necessary
modify strategies for future business success.
materials can be used by managers of a farm business as a resource
for teaching materials. Using these materials as a the basis for
short programs on the topics may be most effective for one-time
lectures or short courses. Working in groups is also recommended.
Sharing your perspective of this material, having your perspective
challenged, and challenging the perspectives of others helps clarify
ideas and plans.
to Use this Resource
every module linked in the menu at right has a PowerPoint
presentation and a written background paper on the topic,
as well as exercises.
the presentation either click on the link to open the resource
and then save it to your computer's hard drive. Or mouse
over the link, right-click and select "Save Target
As" or "Save Link As" (depending on whether
you are using Internet Explorer or Netscape navigator. Select
a convenient location on your computer and then click save.
Each presentation has a set of presenter's notes to assist
in give the presentation to groups.
and exercises are available as documents in pdf format,
for which you will need to latest version of Adobe Acrobat
Reader, available at the link below.
module has a unique focus, enabling you to select those topics
of greatest interest without the need to sequentially progress
through all topics. The topics contained in each section are listed
on the left side of the screen. Clicking the item will take you
to the material for that topic.
1 - The Setting provides an overview of the course material,
discusses the management of change and provides an introduction
to the strategic planning process.
2 - Strategic Direction leads
you through a process of clarifying where we want to take the
business and why.
Business Environment looks at factors outside the
farm gate and helps to characterize the environment in which the
4 - Business Strengths focuses
on identifying the strengths of the business. In this section,
you will identify those items that you do better than your competitors.
Module 5 - Identifying Strategies leads
you through the process of creating and selecting strategies that
will be used.
6 - Implementing Strategies creates an organizational
structure and identifies the steps of actions that must be taken
to insure that the selected strategies are put into operation.
7- Monitoring and Control identifies the important items
to monitor in order to insure that strategies are providing the
8 - Human Resources shows how managers can effectively
lead their organization and manage their employees.
9 - Succession Planning lays out steps needed to ensure
that the farm business can be successfully passed on to the next
the course, a case farm (MBC Farms) will be used to illustrate
various points. A description of this farm and the financial data
needed are provided. You might want to review the MBC Farm situation
prior to beginning the course. A printed copy of these materials
can be a useful reference as you work through the course. These
materials can be found in the MBC Farm Details section. There
will be links to these materials at various points in the course.
Criag Dobbins, Alan Miller, Janet Bechman and Aadron Rausch.
Your Farm Business Management Skills: Self-Assessment Checklists
to Help You Tell." ID-237 Farm Business Management for
the 21st Century series. Purdue Extension.West Lafayette, IN 47907.
will need Adobe Acrobat Reader
to view the
to download the latest version of Acrobat Reader
Alan Miller and Michael Boehlje.
as Plant Managers & General Managers: Which Hat Do You Wear?"
ID-236 Farm Business Management for the 21st Century series.
Purdue Extension. West Lafayette, IN 47907.
Craig Dobbins and Alan Miller. "Are
Your Farm Business Management Skills Ready for the 21st Century?"
ID-244 Farm Business Management for the 21st Century series. Purdue
Extension. West Lafayette, IN 47907.