Area of Study

Agriculture and Business Management
Learn how to manage your business for profit and sustainability.
Customized learning plan to grow your business or ag operation.
The Agriculture and Business Management (ABM) program is designed to provide individualized instruction for aspiring or current business owners and ag producers. ABM helps develop and expand businesses to increase production and profitability. As technology changes, it is necessary to enhance skills to communicate with accountants, lenders, and other business professionals. Our program focuses on business resiliency in the ever-changing marketplace. Instruction is delivered through online lectures, on-site instructional visits at your place of business, and through cooperative education.

Skills you will learn:

  • Organize your records
  • Learn computerized accounting (ex. QuickBooks)
  • Management based on facts/data
  • Create a business plan
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Build confidence in business communication skills
  • Defining your target market
  • Analyze pricing decisions
  • Building and managing a budget
  • Analysis of finances and trends
  • Planning for the future (succession)
  • Creating a marketing plan

Kelsi Blake, owner of Top Hand Trailers in Fort Morgan works with instructor Leah Thomas to update her financial statement in QuickBooks.

MCC and our family have a great relationship. We are the second generation to participate in the ABM program. It’s not a textbook of good ideas. It’s real numbers, real questions, with real answers. We have become more efficient, more detailed, and more profitable”

Chad Malcolm

Malcolm Legacy Farm

Certificate Options

Choose your path:

Starting

  • Rural Business Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership & Human Resources
  • Web Productivity and Utilization

Managing

  • Records & Business Planning
  • Financial Analysis
  • Marketing Plan Development
  • Advanced Business Management

Growing

  • Commodity Marketing
  • Financial Analysis
  • Integrated Management

Advanced Business Management

Commodity Marketing

Financial Analysis
Integrated Management

Leadership/Human Resources Management

Market Plan Development

Records and Business Planning

Rural Business Entrepreneurship

Web Productivity and Utilization

Contact

Faculty

Leah Thomas

Leah is a Morgan County native who is passionate about education, business, and agriculture. She has a degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University and a Master’s in Business Administration. She started her career as a high school Ag Education teacher and FFA advisor.

Her career goals include mentoring the next generation of Ag professionals and ensuring that rural business is sustainable and profitable. “The ABM program is unique to each student who decides to further their education at MCC. I enjoy learning alongside my students and each class is a collaborative effort and student driven.”

Faculty

Jay Stretcher

Jay Stretcher’s career in farming, teaching, and credit counseling led him to MCC in 2001. He says teaching in the ABM program is rewarding and he enjoys seeing his students succeed in rural small business. Jay teaches students along the I-70 corridor from Burlington to Colorado Springs.

Jay is happily married and resides in Simla, CO.