In this ACS program, you will learn how to start and run a farm. From human resources, to accounting, merchandising and farm economics, you will gain all the skills needed to succeed at your farm. You will create a complete farm business plan and be ready to start your own business.
At the end of this course, students will be able to use information from appropriate sources, and correctly relate it to their own farm development plans. Students will be able identify areas where planning adjustments are required in marketing schemes.
Students will learn the principles of accounting and will apply these to both traditional and electronic methods of maintaining financial records. Students will perform routine transactions for a farm enterprise, prepare budgets, and financial statements.
Students will learn to compile pertinent business and industry information through farm records, financial statements, resource persons, and with the aid of computer software
Students will be able to evaluate farm performance, develop a farm plan, and ensure implementation will produce optimal progress. Financial planning for farm enterprise projects will also be incorporated.
Students will learn to utilize all forms of information into the financial planning process. By course end, students must also possess the skills to compile true market value financial statements.
This course applies previously learned accounting concepts. It enables the student to make appropriate software choices to aid in maintaining financial documents, and in the preparation of financial statements.
At the end of this course students will have proven their ability to produce a set of financial statements, use ratios and analysis tools to evaluate the performance of a farming operation. Students will learn to interpret results, recognize weaknesses, and use computers in the analysis process.
Students will learn where to access reference documents, laws and regulations, and resource persons within the agriculture industry. Before completing a business plan, students will be able to determine the pertinence of information, and prepare a coherent technical portfolio.
Students will learn to efficiently plan work projects for the farm, while maintaining safety and legal responsibilities. Students will realize the importance of team work and where to acquire the proper agriculture business contacts.
Students will learn to determine the legal structure of a farm enterprise, the goals of each partner, and establish a tax and insurance structure to meet those goals.
Students will learn to utilize knowledge and information acquired in prerequisite courses, and use these skills to develop a business plan with the aid of computer software.
This course is designed to have students correctly conduct a market survey, evaluate results, and incorporate the analysis into a marketing plan. Determining promotional activities and distribution avenues will also be required skills. Students will realize specific needs of customers, tailor their plan to meet these needs, and understand customer characteristics.
Students will learn to determine personnel needs, recruit better employees, and supervise and motivate workers to grow with the farm business. Students will also learn the importance of keeping accurate payroll records and meeting Quebec Labour Code regulations.