Whether you’re a farm successor who’s been in the field for awhile or an agriculture lender just starting out, if your career is tied to farming, you’ll benefit from the Agriculture Business Risk Management program.

 

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Overview

Developed in collaboration with industry experts and designed specifically for application in agriculture business (beef, pork, grain and oilseeds), the Agriculture Business Risk Management (AgBRM) program is the perfect addition to your established agriculture knowledge.

Focusing on the business side of agricultural operations, the program explores the financial risks and opportunities inherent in agribusiness.

Over the course of nine modules, you’ll develop strong technical skills in currency, market trading, government trade policies and risk assessment tools while building the communication and management aptitude necessary to effectively apply those skills.

Built to be flexible enough to fit with your life and career, the AgBRM program is available in a modular format through online delivery only. With this kind of flexibility, you can fit your education around harvest season or adapt the courses into your overall workload at a pace that’s right for you.

Give your agriculture career an edge in business with a certificate in Agriculture Business Risk Management. Apply today!

Career opportunities

Bring the skills and knowledge you learn in AgBRM to your current position or carry them into your career as a(n):

  • agriculture operator
  • farm successor
  • agriculture lender
  • agriculture salesperson
  • government employee
Starts In: Monthly
Status: Now accepting applications.
Next Intake: Enrolment for modules is accepted on an ongoing monthly basis.
Application Deadlines:

New students are accepted into the Agriculture Business Risk Management program on a monthly basis.

Duration: Each module in a course is one month in length.
Credential: Certificate
Delivery Format
Fully Online
Learning Environment

Courses are delivered in a modular format with two or four modules to each course. Each module in a course is one month in length. Students start a module at the beginning of a month and should complete it by the end of the month. Click here to view the program path/delivery schedule.

With the exception of capstone courses AGB-1190 (Market Equity) and AGB-1191 (Successful Planning in Agribusiness), which are not offered in modular format, students can complete any module of any course in any order. However, credit will not be granted for a course until all modules of the course have been completed. It is recommended that students complete course modules in chronological order.

Prior learning assessments for modules or courses must be submitted in the months of September, January or May.

AGB-1150 Effective Communication
Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1150
3.00

Modules:

Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1150 M-1 Personal Communication* 0.75
AGB-1150 M-2 Communication Strategies 0.75
AGB-1150 M-3 Conflict and Time Management 0.75
AGB-1150 M-4 Personal Strengths 0.75

Required Textbook:

  • Adler, R. B., Rolls, J. A., & Proctor II, R. F. (2015). LOOK: Looking out, looking in (2nd Canadian ed.). Toronto, ON: Nelson Education.

* requires enrollment into corequisite at time of registration giving access to MBTI testing used in module

AGB-1151 Financial Literacy
Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1151
3.00

Modules:

Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1151 M1 Bookkeeping and Accounting Principles 0.75
AGB-1151 M2 Interpreting Financial Statements 0.75
AGB-1151 M3 Budgets and Projections 0.75
AGB-1151 M4 Financial Forecasting 0.75

Required Textbook:

  • Kay, R., Edwards, W. & Duffy, P. (2016). Farm management (8th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.
    • A customized e-text book may be available for this course. Please contact your instructor if you are interested in this option.
AGB-1160 Currency
Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1160
3.00

Modules:

Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB- 1160 M1 Value of the USCAD 0.75
AGB- 1160 M2 FX Exposures 0.75
AGB- 1160 M3 FX Risk Management 0.75
AGB- 1160 M4 Hedging and FX Dealers 0.75

 

AGB-1161 Introduction to Market Tools
Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1161
1.50

Modules:

Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1161 M-1 Defining Market Tools 0.75
AGB-1161 M-2 Explaining Market Tools 0.75

 

AGB-1163 Government Policies Marketing
Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1163
1.50

Modules:

Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1163 M-1 Policies and Trade Agreements 0.75
AGB-1163 M-2 Development and Mechanics of Trade Agreements 0.75

 

AGB-1164 Commodity Market
Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1164
3.00

Modules:

Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1164 M-1 Supply and Demand 0.75
AGB-1164 M-2 Market Pricing 0.75
AGB-1164 M-3 Market Pricing – Pork 0.75
AGB-1164 M-4 Market Pricing – Grains and Oilseeds 0.75

Required Textbook:

  • Canfax Research Services. (2009). Trends, cycles and seasonality in the cattle industry. Calgary, AB: Canadian Cattleman's Association.
AGB-1171 Market Tools
Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1171
3.00

Modules:

Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1171 M-1 Apply Market Tools 0.75
AGB-1171 M-2 Technical Indicators 0.75
AGB-1171 M-3 Analyzing Market Data 0.75
AGB-1171 M-4 Making Market Decisions 0.75

 

AGB-1172 Risk Tolerance and Risk Policy
Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1172
3.00

Modules:

Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1172 M-1 Risk Tolerance 0.75
AGB-1172 M-2 Risk Exposure 0.75
AGB-1172 M-3 Quantifying Risk 0.75
AGB-1172 M-4 Risk Policy 0.75

 

AGB-1190 Market Equity*
Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1190
3.00

* Capstone courses will only be offered as full 3 credit courses, not by module. As a result, they will only be offered at the beginning of each semester.

AGB-1191 Successful Planning in Agribusiness*
Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1191
3.00

* Capstone courses will only be offered as full 3 credit courses, not by module. As a result, they will only be offered at the beginning of each semester.

AGB-1140 Statistics for Agribusiness* (OPTIONAL COURSE)
Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1140
1.50

Modules:

Course Code Course Name Credits
AGB-1140 M-1 Collection and Presentation of Data 0.75
AGB-1140 M-2 Probability and Probability Distributions 0.75

Required textbook:

  • Lind, D. A., Marchal, W. G., Waite, C., & Wathen, S. A. (2015). Basic statistics for business & economics. (5th Cdn ed.). Toronto, ON: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Higher Education.

* This course is optional for the AgBRM Program. If you have intentions of transferring these courses, it is strongly recommended that you enrol in Statistics 2250 instead. Please contact the program chair to confirm.

Admissions

New students are accepted into the Agriculture Business Risk Management program on a monthly basis.

General admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment. Prior learning assessments for courses must be submitted in the months of September, January or May.


Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the College and University Preparation Program to upgrade their academic skills.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 1 $6,075.00 $879.00 $712.00

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  • Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
  • International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
  • Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Designed with you in mind

It’s flexibility that fits your life, allowing you to complete the program at your own pace.

We know you’re busy. You’re an agriculture producer, professional or student, and spending time in a classroom just isn’t feasible. That’s why we’ve designed the online Agriculture Business Risk Management (AgBRM) program for you. It’s made up of eight courses and two capstone classes, each divided into modules that take just one month to complete.

It’s flexibility that fits your life, allowing you to complete the program at your own pace – whether that’s taking breaks around harvest season and adding more work during slow times or adapting the courses to fit into your overall workload.

What our students are saying

Tanner Granberg

“The BRM program provides you with great reading material, video clips and class discussion boards that make it very interactive with other students who are also in the ag industry. The assignments that have been developed by people involved in industry are great, with hypothetical scenarios that challenge you.”

Industry partners

When we set out to expand our agriculture programming, we knew we had to tap into the expertise of the industry. An industry review identified a growing need for knowledge in business risk management specific to agriculture. Equipped with that knowledge, we got to work.

The result was AgBRM – an industry-driven program that meets the needs of working agriculture professionals. The curriculum, designed in collaboration with our industry partners, is delivered by instructors who are subject matter experts from the industry. This means your education provides you with exactly what industry needs. You’ll gain practical skills while being exposed to current industry practices and challenges.

None of it would have been possible without our major program funder Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency Ltd., our program collaborator Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association and our other contributors, including:

Success stories from Wider Horizons

COR VAN RAAY IN HIS OWN WORDS: Agricultural entrepreneur and philanthropist talks about the business of agriculture and his remarkable collaborative gift

Cor Van Raay took time away from the harvest last fall to talk to Wider Horizons about his decision to donate $5 million to Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge to create the Cor Van Raay Southern Alberta Agribusiness Program.