Postgraduate Certificate in Agribusiness

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About the course

On completion of this distance learning course you will have a comprehensive understanding of all the major components that influence this global business. Gain the knowledge and skills to lend, invest and operate in the emerging and ever evolving world of agribusiness.

The course covers all aspects of the sector and will enhance farm and agribusiness management skills, integrating production techniques, marketing, economics, accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing and risk management. You will develop an appreciation for the interaction between the marketing, finance, operations, and human resource dimensions of the food and/or agribusiness firm. The course will also build awareness of current, critical issues facing managers of food and agribusiness firms and how they can be resolved

As your work through the modules, the course will dissect and explain a world of commodity prices, fertiliser prices, advancing technology and increasing investment levels. Covering technology, lending, risk, private equity and public equity investment. Finally, it will take a practical look at the actual excel modeling required to develop an accurate assessment of the rates of return and the net present values of investment in agribusiness.

HOW YOU WILL LEARN

  • A new module is released every two weeks
  • You can study the units online, save them to your computer or print them out
  • You set the pace for yourself
  • No need to travel or take time off work – cost effective
  • Apply the knowledge, skills and expertise to your work straight away

Modules

Unit 1 - Introduction to agribusiness

Unit 1 is a brief introduction to agribusiness. It covers the history of farming and food, the growth og agribusiness and the agricultural sectors.

Unit 2 - Agricultural science

Unit 2 will cover the main directions of agricultural science, the symbiotic relationship between agriculture and the environment and the role of genetics in meeting the challenges of modern farming.

Unit 3 - Farm management

Unit 3 covers how to manage a farm, animal husbandry and crop management, investment decisions, investment plans and farm accounting systems

Unit 4 - Agricultural marketing and risk management

Unit 4 learn the principles and practice of business marketing in context to agriculture, agriculture value chain and execute a marketing plan for agribusiness.

Unit 5 - Agricultural lending

In this unit you will learn how companies are financed and why, what the key facts and ratios that lenders look to when deciding on lending, agricultural and agribusiness lending practices, appreciate the relationship between commodity prices

Unit 6 - The agribusiness supply chain

In unit 6 you will learn how food is distributed and transported, analyse companies at different points along the value chain, understand the global retail food industry

Unit 7 - International agribusiness markets

Unit 7 covers the details of international trade in agricultural products, the risks of international business trade, the role of a wide range of documents in trade and how banks facilitate international agricultural trade.

Unit 8 - Policy, agencies, regulation and the future of agribusiness

Unit 8 will cover the role of goverment in the dosmetic policy-making arena for agriculture, the role of national and international agencies concerned with agriculture, look at the future state of agricultural research , the legal and regulatory constraints agribusiness operates globally as well as local, regional and national level.

Unit 9 - Real estate sales & marketing

In Unit 9, learn how business valuation techniques are applied, the interrelationship between land values and agribusiness investment, learn how to perform due diligence on investment opportunities and how to value investment opportunities in a range of different agribusinesses.

Unit 10 - Agribusiness investment modelling

Unit 10 looks at modelling - how to use excel to build effective investment models, differentiate between good and bad models, create models from data, audit models and present their results, how to apply risk management techniques to agribusiness models

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Julian Roche

Julian Roche holds a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, an MPhil in politics from Exeter University and a PhD in agricultural risk management policy from Deakin University. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Agriculture Department of the University of W...

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