Learn to manage an agricultural business

Training suitable for farms, agricultural supply and service businesses.

Farm production alone does not make success any more.

Good business management is a critical skill for a sustainable career in agriculture. 

Learn to be Successful in Modern Agribusiness

Farmers in the past, may have been able to survive by just growing good crops or animals; but today it is all a lot more involved. Success in agriculture depends upon both what is done on the farm and also what is done off the farm.

Study this course so you can learn to make better decisions, and more informed choices about what to do and how to do it in the business of agriculture.


Core Modules

 These TEN modules provide foundation knowledge for the Learning Bundle in Agribusiness - 2,100 hours.

  •  Animal Health Care VAG100
  • Bookkeeping Foundations BBS103
  • Farm Management BAG104
  • Financial (Money) Management BBS104
  • Soil Management (Agriculture) BAG103
  • Entrepreneurship BBS204
  • Irrigation -- Agricultural Irrigation BAG213
  • Sustainable Agriculture BAG215
  • Trees For Rehabilitation (Landcare Reafforestation) BHT205
  • Agricultural Marketing BAG304

Stream Modules

Studied after the core modules, THREE stream modules cover more specific or niche subjects.

  •  Industry Project BIP000
  • Research Project I BGN102
  • Workshop I BGN103

Elective Modules

In addition to the core modules, students study any EIGHT of the following modules.

  • Industry Project II BIP001
  • Animal Anatomy And Physiology (Animal Husbandry I ) BAG101
  • Ecotour Management BTR101
  • Permaculture II (Plants for Permaculture) VSS105
  • Permaculture III (Animals) VSS106
  • Sales Management BBS102
  • Supervision VBS104
  • Animal Feed & Nutrition (Animal Husbandry III) BAG202
  • Aquaculture BAG211
  • Beef Cattle BAG206
  • Bookkeeping Applications (Bookkeeping II) BBS203
  • Calf Rearing BAG207
  • Cut Flower Production BHT221
  • Dairy Cattle BAG205
  • Engineering II - Engineering Applications BSC205
  • Genetics BSC207
  • Goat Production BAG223
  • Mariculture - Marine Aquaculture BAG220
  • Pasture Management BAG212
  • Pigs BAG209
  • Poultry BAG208
  • Project Management BBS201
  • Sheep BAG210
  • Viticulture BHT220
  • Weed Control BHT209
  • Agronomy BAG306
  • Agronomy II -- Grains BAG309
  • Animal Breeding BAG301
  • Aquaponic Production BHT319
  • Food Processing and Technology BSS301
  • Irrigation Management BAG303
  • Organic Farming BAG305
  • Tissue Culture BHT306

Note that each module in the Learning Bundle in Agribusiness - 2100 hours is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


Duration: 2,100 hours

Modern Agriculture offers Opportunities like never before

Most people outside of agriculture; and many still within the industry, think about farming as family businesses, outside of big cities, where success or failure is largely dependent upon the weather, and where you are working largely outside on broad acres, doing lots of very physical work. 

Farming is changing though. It has been going through transition over recent decades, influenced by changing dynamics in technological possibilities, global trade and climate change.

Some "old" farming families and communities have become very innovative, adapting to change and taking advantage of emerging new opportunities; but others have struggled to adapt. You may hear of old farmers being forced off the land; but for every story like that there are also stories of new outstanding successes.

Technology has enabled more intensive ways of farming. It has become viable to create small, highly productive farms close to cities or in urban areas (urban farming); if you choose an appropriate method of farming (e.g. aquaponics, tissue culture, etc). 

Science has enabled more effective water and soil management, boosting productivity, enabling more production from less land area, and the utilisation of land resources that may previously have had limited value for farming

A more affluent world has created vastly increased demand for a more diverse range of farm products. Everyone in the city is looking for something a little different in their foods, clothing, medicines, cosmetics and every other type of consumer product; and the raw materials for most of those products (apart from mining production), are derived from farms. Many farms have found new agribusiness opportunities by finding and cultivating a market demand for a niche product which they are the only significant supplier of.

Often the key to success is in creating a difference between you and your competition. You may achieve this by managing the genetics (e.g. breeding plant or animal types that have a uniqueness, and no one else has); selecting a unique "niche" product (e.g. growing and popularising a crop or animal breed that is otherwise rare), or value adding (eg. processing what you grow and building a unique brand and processed product which only you can supply).

Agribusiness is not just the growing though. Many people build great careers or businesses in agribusiness as processors, distributors,marketers or consultants. Others find a career in the agricultural media, in education or research. This is an industry that is rapidly reorganising itself; and as it does, unseen opportunities continue to emerge.

When you know agribusiness, you are well placed to seize on opportunities as they reveal themselves.
If you learn the science, know how to farm animals and/or plants, get attuned to the agriculture industry and keep your eyes open to opportunities; the prospects for success in agribusiness are great.

This course is designed to set you on just such a path.



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