NC State Extension


Strengthen your skills. Grow your family business.

The Executive Farm Management program is an exciting new program offered by NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and its partners; NC State Cooperative Extension ServicePoole College of Management, Clemson Cooperative Extension, ECU College of Business and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Proceeds supporting the Executive Farm Management program and fundraising activities for the program are managed by The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.

The program is created exclusively for large, commercial, family-owned operations across the Southeast who grow, pack and/or process tobacco, fruit and/or vegetables.

The program consists of 12-days of content and curriculum taught across 3 sessions in 3 states over the course of 6-weeks. EFM is designed to increase the management competencies and profitability of specialty farms across the Southeast, by utilizing a holistic operation-focused curriculum.

Course topics include; Strategic Planning, Human Resource Management, Labor Management, Financial Management, Risk Management, Family Business Issues, Assessing Markets, Supply Chain Management, Brand Management and Marketing, Assessing and Building Key Partnerships and Strengthening an Operation’s Value Proposition, among others.

The program is taught in an interactive, highly-facilitated learning environment meant to ensure one-on-one and small group interactions with faculty, subject matter expert guest speakers and other participants of the program. It is for these reasons that space is limited. Applications are now being accepted; apply today and make an investment in yourself and your operation! The application deadline is October 22, 2018 but could close sooner should applications exceed available space.

Read more about the Executive Farm Management Program.

Watch Our 2017-2018 Program Video.

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