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Farm On: OSU Farm Financial Management Course


$300 Enroll

Full course description

In order to meet the needs of both Ohio’s Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Program Certification and FSA’s Borrower Training Requirements, this course will improve the beginning farmer’s understanding of farm financial management, production record keeping, and enterprise analysis. This online course will consist of ten 1-hour modules that include video lessons, quizzes, and assignments. Participants should plan for an 18-hour commitment to complete the course. Enrolled participants will have 180 days to complete this course after enrollment. After completion, successful participants will receive a dated certificate of completion. 

This self-paced course includes the following 10 modules:

  • Module 1 - Farm Business Planning
  • Module 2 - Developing a Farm Balance Sheet
  • Module 3 - Understanding Income Statements
  • Module 4 - Statement of Cashflows
  • Module 5 - The Cost of Production
  • Module 6 - Record Keeping: Accounting and Production
  • Module 7 - Farm Tax Considerations
  • Module 8 - Farm Financing
  • Module 9 - Financial and Legal Risk Management
  • Module 10 - Financial Analysis

This course is offered through The Ohio State University Extension and the Farm Financial Management and Policy Institute (FFMPI). For questions, contact instructor Eric Richer at

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