Tennessee Master Farm Manager

Create a strong business foundation to make better decisions for your farm’s future!

The Tennessee Master Farm Manager focuses on solid business principals to help you better manage your operation. We will focus on helping you utilize resources on your farm efficiently.

Summer 2024 Sessions

Topics and Speakers

Live Zoom Webinars

June 18, 2024
Developing Business Plans for the Farm
Eryn Bell, Extension Specialist in Farm Management

June 20, 2024
Understanding and Creating Financial Statements Case Study
David Bilderback, Extension Specialist in Farm Management

June 25, 2024
Borrowing with higher interest rates and FSA Programs
Aaron Smith, Associate Professor and Extension Crops Marketing Specialist

June 27, 2024
Dodging the Iceberg: Tools for Effective Issues Management
Shelli Rampold, Assistant Professor

Pre-recorded Sessions

Creating a Budget to Understand Breakeven Cost
Tori Griffin, Extension Specialist in Farm Management

Tax Planning and Recordkeeping: What the Producer Needs to Know
Alan Galloway, Extension Specialist in Farm Management

Farm Transition Planning
Kevin Ferguson, Extension Specialist in Farm Management and MANAGE Coordinator

Does Your Lease Agreement Protect You?
Chris Clark, Professor and Executive Dean

Equipment Purchase Decision Process
Jon Walton, Lecturer, Agricultural and Resource Economics

Summer 2024 Course Information

Tennessee Master Farm Manager will focus on solid business principles and efficiently utilizing resources on the farm. The Summer Master Farm Manager Course will utilize a hybrid method, with both prerecorded videos and live webinars. Zoom based webinar sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights for two weeks starting June 18, 2024 at 7PM EST/6PM CST.  Registered participants will be emailed a Zoom link and instructions the day before each session.

Watch the recordings as your schedule allows.

To complete the course, eight of the sessions must be completed.

Online registration is open now through June 18, 2024

For more information contact:
David Bilderback at
db@utk.edu or 865-200-4545


Kevin Ferguson at
kferguson@utk.edu or 615-898-7710

In-person Class Opportunities

Check back often to learn about in-person classes being offered.

TAEP Eligibility

Producers completing the Master Farm Manager certification will be eligible for 50% Cost Share for the following TAEP Programs:

Dairy Solutions, Genetics, Row Crop Solutions, Hay Storage, Hay Equipment, Livestock Equipment, Livestock Solutions, Permanent Working Structures, Agritourism, Fruits & Vegetables, Value-Added Production, Honey Bees, Horticulture & Poultry Growers

Charley Martinez talking to couple
Aaron Smith presenting to crowd
I plan to spend the last 10 years of my career developing and implementing a transition plan to take our family farm from my father’s generation to my son’s generation. The topics covered in this webinar could not have come at a better time for our family.
Absolutely great class!! While I have a background in accounting and understand financial statements, I learned how to apply that knowledge to farming to be able to make decisions for equipment, seed and livestock purchases and management. I’ll be referring to the handouts frequently as I write my business plan for my farm.
As a first-time emerging farmer…the information is invaluable to me. I plan on attending each offering in the future to help build on my knowledge.