Learn to be Successful in Modern Agribusiness
Farmers in the past, may have been able to survive by just growing good crops or animals; but today it is all a lot more involved. Success in agriculture depends upon both what is done on the farm and also what is done off the farm.
Study this course so you can learn to make better decisions, and more informed choices about what to do and how to do it in the business of agriculture.
What makes the ACS Proficiency Award unique?
The proficiency awards offer a tiered award system - so you don't have to wait until the end of your qualification to gain an award.
How does that work?
Once you have completed 6 modules, you can receive an ACS Certificate. Complete 8 (plus 100hrs work experience), and receive an ACS Advanced Certificate. Complete 10 and receive a ACS Proficiency Award 1. Complete 14 (plus 100hrs work experience) and receive an ACS Proficiency Award 2. Complete 20 modules (plus 100hrs work experience) and receive an ACS Proficiency Award 3. Complete 24 modules (plus 100hrs Work Experience) and receive an ACS Proficiency Award 4.
Note that each module in the Proficiency Award 3 in Agribusiness is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
Modern Agriculture offers Opportunities like never before.
Most people outside of agriculture; and many still within the
industry, think about farming as family businesses, outside of big
cities, where success or failure is largely dependent upon the weather,
and where you are working largely outside on broad acres, doing lots of
very physical work.
Farming is changing though. It has been going through transition over
recent decades, influenced by changing dynamics in technological
possibilities, global trade and climate change.
Some "old" farming families and communities have become very innovative,
adapting to change and taking advantage of emerging new opportunities;
but others have struggled to adapt. You may hear of old farmers being
forced off the land; but for every story like that there are also
stories of new outstanding successes.
- Technology has enabled more intensive ways of farming. It has
become viable to create small, highly productive farms close to cities
or in urban areas (urban farming); if you choose an appropriate method
of farming (eg. aquaponics, tissue culture, etc).
- Science has enabled more effective water and soil management,
boosting productivity, enabling more production from less land area, and
the utilisation of land resources that may previously have had limited
value for farming
- A more affluent world has created vastly increased demand for a
more diverse range of farm products. Everyone in the city is looking for
something a little different in their foods, clothing, medicines,
cosmetics and every other type of consumer product; and the raw
materials for most of those products (apart from mining production), are
derived from farms. Many farms have found new agribusiness
opportunities by finding and cultivating a market demand for a niche
product which they are the only significant supplier of.
- Often the key to success is in creating a difference between you and your competition. You may achieve this by managing the genetics (eg. breeding plant or animal types that have a uniqueness, and no one else has); selecting a unique "niche" product (eg. growing and popularising a crop or animal breed that is otherwise rare), or value adding (eg. processing what you grow and building a unique brand and processed product which only you can supply).
- Agribusiness is not just the growing though. Many people build great careers or businesses in agribusiness as processors, distributors,marketers or consultants. Others find a career in the agricultural media, in education or research. This is an industry that is rapidly reorganising itself; and as it does, unseen opportunities continue to emerge.
When you know agribusiness, you are well placed to seize on opportunities as they reveal themselves.
If you learn the science, know how
to farm animals and/or plants, get attuned to the agriculture industry
and keep your eyes open to opportunities; the prospects for success in
agribusiness are great.
This course is designed to set you on just such a path.