Who can participate?
This program is an excellent learning opportunity for current farm owners and operators as well as those that will become part of the farm management or ownership in the near future.
AgBiz Masters is open to young and beginning farmers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia.
While these are the general criteria, if you are a farmer that doesn't exactly match the definitions but feel that you could benefit from AgBiz Masters, we encourage you to enroll.
Internet access, and in particular, high speed internet access, is necessary to view the online modules. However, young and beginning farmers without this capability at their homes or businesses shouldn't be discouraged to participate because of this reason. Many local libraries offer free internet access. Furthermore, several of the program supporters have offered to allow participants to use computers with high speed internet access at local offices.
We also allow participants without access to internet to complete the program by reading text-versions of the modules and completing paper tests.
For any questions about technology requirements, please contact Raechel Sattazahn at 800-349-3568 ext. 6016.
What is the commitment?
AgBiz Masters is designed to have each of the modules build upon one another. While participants enroll in one year at a time, it is expected that participants will complete both years of the program. Each interactive online module takes approximately one hour to complete and an additional hour should be planned to complete the accompanying questions, exam and discussion forum questions.
To complement the online learning, in-person regional sessions are held to give participants the opportunity to network with one another as well as reinforce key concepts.