A new program at Kansas State University makes it easier for producers to learn new ways of managing their businesses- mostly in the comfort of their own homes and on their own schedules.

“The Management Analysis and Strategic Thinking Program combines face-to-face workshops with state-of-the-art distance education techniques to deliver high-level farm management information to farmers and ranchers,” says Dan Bernardo, head of the department of agricultural economics at K-State.

The program, which begins Nov. 5-6, 2002, starts with a two-day orientation session on the K-State campus in Manhattan in the new K-State Alumni Center. Participants will be introduced to key management tools and their applications. This period is self-paced, so that producers can work on them as they have time.

The modules are taught by K-State faculty members who are acknowledged experts in the fields of crop insurance, agribusiness, human resources, efficiency and productivity and grain and livestock marketing. Time is built into the process for participants to have online discussions with other participants and the instructors.

Key benefits include:

  • Learning new analytical tools and concepts for problem solving on one’s own farm.
  • Better understanding of the use of computer and information technology to increase the efficiency of one’s own operation.
  • Applying business planning techniques to better identify opportunities for competitive advantages for one’s own operation.
  • Understanding changes in economic forces on the horizon and what those changes mean for the individual business.
  • Gaining new insights through group activities with fellow farm managers, providing an enhanced ability to solve problems and think through key issues.

The registration deadline for the November 2002 program is Oct. 13. For more information interested persons can visit the Web site at www.agecon.ksu.edu/mast/ or call (785) 532-2743.