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CALS' Farm & Industry Short Course Goes Virtual in 2020-21
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/02/2020

Students who are enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Science's Farm and Industry Short Course this fall will only be able to participate in the program online. The college announced it will hold the beginning farmer training program remotely for the 2020-21 school year, with the expectation that FISC will return to on-campus instruction the following year. The decision was made as a safety precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We decided to offer fewer courses and to offer them online this year to ensure the health and safety of our students, instructors and staff," says FISC Program Director Jennifer Blazek. "This was a very difficult decision because in-person learning and on-campus residential experiences have always been a central part of the program. But with all of the uncertainty, we wanted to provide our students with predictable and flexible learning opportunities wherever they are."

FISC will offer two core courses through remote instruction during each term. During the fall term, which starts in late October, students can enroll in Business Principles of Agricultural Management and Introduction to Soils. In spring, they can take The Business of Agriculture and Agribusiness Feasibility Planning. All four courses are ideal for remote learning, teach topics and skills necessary for all farms and agribusinesses, and continue the tradition of connecting students with experts within the industry.

The two-course sequence including Business Principles of Agricultural Management and Agribusiness Feasibility Planning meets the Farm Service Agency's educational requirement for their Beginning Farmer & Rancher Loan program.

Courses will be timed to fit into farm schedules, and will include a mix of concurrent learning experiences and videos that students can view when it works best for them. Students can enroll for both courses each term, or can choose courses individually during the year, depending on what best meets their goals.


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