Create a strong business foundation for your farm’s future

Jan 09, 2024

Presented as part of the MANAGE program conducted by University of Tennessee Extension, the Tennessee Master Farm Manager Webinar will focus on solid business principles and efficiently utilizing resources on the farm. The Winter Master Farm Manager Course will utilize a hybrid instructional method with both prerecorded videos and live webinars. Zoom-based webinar sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights for two weeks starting January 30, 2024, at 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. CST. Registered participants will be emailed a Zoom link and instructions the day before each session. 

Watch the recordings as your schedule allows. The recordings page will be sent out around the beginning of January. 

To complete the course, eight of the sessions must be completed.

The session dates and topics are listed below:
Live Zoom Webinars
January 30, 2024
Developing Business Plans for the Farm
Eryn Bell, Extension Specialist in Farm Management

February 1, 2024
Understanding and Creating Financial Statements Case Study
David Bilderback, Extension Specialist in Farm Management

February 6, 2024
Borrowing with higher interest rates and FSA Programs
Aaron Smith, Associate Professor and Extension Crops Marketing Specialist

February 8, 2024
Dodging the Iceberg: Tools for Effective Issues Management
Shelli Rampold, Assistant Professor
Pre-recorded Sessions
Creating a Budget to Understand Breakeven Cost - Tori Griffin, Extension Specialist in Farm Management
Tax Planning and Recordkeeping: What the Producer Needs to Know - Alan Galloway, Extension Specialist in Farm Management
Farm Transition Planning - Kevin Ferguson, Extension Specialist in Farm Management and MANAGE Coordinator
Does Your Lease Agreement Protect You? - Chris Clark, Professor and Executive Dean
Equipment Purchase Decision Process - Jon Walton, Lecturer, Agricultural and Resource Economics
TAEP Eligibility
Producers completing the Master Farm Manager certification will be eligible for 50% Cost Share for the following TAEP Programs:

Dairy Solutions, Genetics, Row Crop Solutions, Hay Storage, Hay Equipment, Livestock Equipment, Livestock Solutions, Permanent Working Structures, Agritourism, Fruits and Vegetables, Value-Added Production, Honey Bees, Horticulture, and Poultry Growers
Online registration is open now through January 30, 2024.
For more information contact:
David Bilderback at or 865-200-4545
Kevin Ferguson at or 615-898-7710

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