If you're seeking more knowledge of the business world and how to relate those principles to your pork operation, there's a new MBA program available. The University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Guelph have teamed up to offer an MBA in agriculture. And you don't even have to leave home. The program will be made available via the Internet.

The new offering is designed to broaden the scope of Guelph's exsisting program, which began in 1997. Beginning with the January 2000 enrollment, the two Universities' college of veterinary medicine faculty will instruct and coach courses on dairy production management, swine production management and overall animal production management.

"Combining global expertise enhances our international reach," says Tom Funk, Guelph's MBA director. "It's a partnership of strengths that makes an attractive MBA program even more attractive."

Officials from both universities hope to attract veterinarians, producers and allied industry professionals to enroll in the program.

For more information, contact: John Fetrow, University of Minnesota at (612) 625-3776, fetro001@te.umn.edu; or Tom Funk, University of Guelph at (519) 824-4120, tfunk@uoguelph.ca. You also can check out information about the program at www.mbaagri.uoguelph.cambaagri@uoguelph.ca, or call (888) 622-2474.