Course overview

This short course in the Evaluation of Innovation and Strategic Development of the Farm Business, enables participants to prepare farm business and enterprise development plans. Special attention is paid to understanding of the processes that are essential to successful farm business management and future sustainability.

Based at Harper Adams University, Shropshire, this five days course has been tailored towards both university graduates and also non-graduates, who hold relative experience in the agricultural sector.

Please note that as Evaluation of Innovation and Strategic Development of the Farm Business is not a core module within Harper Adams University’s postgraduate program this module will only run if there are 5 or more confirmed enrolments by Monday 19th November 2018.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate the role and breadth of management in the farm business and identify and develop priorities for varied farm business situations;
  • Evaluate the contributions made by the varied internal and external factors to the farm business planning process;
  • Identify potential problems and likely solutions associated with production, finance, staffing, farm business strategy and marketing;
  • Review and apply the issues and techniques associated with short, medium and long term planning control and to the organisation of a farm business taking due account of risk areas;
  • Understand and use a range of current analytical models and techniques relevant to strategic analysis, planning, formulation and implementation;
  • Produce and evaluate realistic farm business plans based on detailed research that synthesise internal, external and intrinsic factors using knowledge and skills acquired on this and other related courses.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered on this course will include:

  • The farm business plan
  • Resource management
  • Budgeting techniques
  • Strategy formulation
  • Implementation
  • Risk management


Key facts

Course Dates
Course - 5 days - The course can be taken as a stand-alone training course
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or experienced within the farm business environment. Participants with a limited agricultural background will be invited to attend a two day “introduction to UK agriculture” course prior to attending the course.
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
Course Provider
Harper Adams University
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Harper Adams University
AFTP Cohort
My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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