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Farm Operation Program Details

Farming is dedicated work that stems from family tradition. If you’ve ever worked on a farm you know first-hand what it’s like to be devoted to something bigger that truly shows you the fruits of your labor. CVTC created a specialized Farm Operation program that caters to farmers who need more education and training but still want to work on the farm while taking only a couple classes. CVTC’s Farm Operation program offers a convenient, flexible schedule catered to the farm life.

You’ll learn a broad array of training necessary for a successful career in farming. Classes will start in October after the harvest season and will end in March before the planting season begins. You’ll only take three classes a year for two years, with hands-on, part-time training at numerous regional farms, taught by instructors with real farm and industry work experience. Students will learn about livestock production, crops and soils, and farm financial management, with classes tailored to meet the student needs with a combination of group training and individualized instruction.

Throughout this program you’ll learn about:

  • Artificial Insemination
  • Forage Analysis
  • Ration Formulation
  • Soil Fertility Analysis
  • Soil Amendment Recommendation
  • Crop Production Training
  • Financial Analysis & Planning
  • Recordkeeping

Just the Facts

Farm Operation
26 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program:
Two Semesters Completed
Over Two years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $4,176

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Additional Information

Non-Traditional Occupation

How To Enroll

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These are a few of the courses you will take in the Farm Operation program.
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  • Crop Production and Soil Fertility
    This class takes a mix of the basic science and growth stages of a plant and advances through the growth and plant needs throughout the growing season. Below the surface of the plants, students learn how to maintain soil and keep soil fertile throughout the year to minimize growing costs per acre while maximizing the return on investment.
  • Farm Business Financial Management
    This course is intended to implement proper farm business management principles including but not limited to: Balance sheet formation and interpretation, income statement formulation and interpretation, statements of cash flow formation and interpretation, benchmarking farm data interpretation, insurance products and their use on the farm, crop and livestock budgets as pertinent to current year, and other agriculture related topics as seen relevant at the current time. Farm Operation students will be allotted 10 hours of on farm time to assist with completion of coursework. Tours, field trips, seminar and workshops will also be offered during the term of the course work.
  • Livestock Reproduction and Nutrition
    This course covers both livestock reproduction and nutrition and how they are tied together. For reproduction, students will learn about artificial insemination, and emerging technologies/strategies for controlling the reproductive function of farm animals. For Nutrition, the main focus of the course covers principles of ruminant nutrition with dairy cows and replacement heifers.

Transfer Credits

Once you’ve completed your associate degree at CVTC, if you are interested in pursuing further education, we have agreements with several institutions. To view a list of CVTC’s transfer agreements, click here.


  • Calf Raiser
  • Equipment Service Technician
  • Farm Worker
  • General Labor Operations Worker

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