FARM FUTURE Master in Agribusiness Terra Agric International offers FARM FUTURE Master in Agribusiness for Bachelor graduates or young professionals.

Successful high quality and safe food producing farmers need to be professionally qualified in order to be able to own and operate a commercially viable farm or agricultural service business. Our graduates are trained and coached in agricultural operation and change management.  The FF masters  graduates are able to identify opportunities and constraints  and provided skills to develop independent solutions and implement and long-term explore them with optimum business results

The FF Masters is the top of the by TA Knowledge developed the environment of live long research , learning, and coaching.  TA Knowledge is a private research and learning institution that offers a within the European Union recognized masters in  Agribusiness Development offered through affiliated universities in Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa.

The FARM FUTURE MAB graduate is a leader in the application of engineering principles to solve problems of agricultural production and utilization and to improve the quality of life. Specific research projects are continually changing to meet new challenges and opportunities. The FA faculties are conducting research in all major areas of agricultural engineering and technical systems management including:

FARM FUTURE MASTERS

Agricultural Safety
Involves model programs for collection of data related to farm injuries and illnesses, redesign of on-farm structures and management procedures to reduce risk of airborne contaminants to worker injuries, development of sensors on off-road vehicles for human detection and safety, utilization of behavioral psychology models in the prediction and analysis of agricultural safety behaviors and providing assistance to farmers with physical disabilities. Research is being conducted to develop a human presence detection system as part of intelligent safety protection systems for off-road equipment.
Bioenvironmental Engineering
Involves environmental control for biological systems, indoor air quality, control of airborne contaminate emissions, environmental protection, animal response to the environment, light frame structural design, and energy from biomass. A few specific projects include improving agricultural ventilation performance, reducing dust and odor emissions from livestock facilities, measuring airborne particulate distribution, providing good environments for laboratory animals, and converting swine manure into oil.
Animal production (Beef and dairy cattle, horses, poultry, sheep, swine)

Involves monitor and  improve the health and production of livestock
Understand the interaction of livestock with people and the environment
Gain an overview of the factors that influence livestock production (including components on nutrition, reproduction, disease, welfare and the environment)
Implement control strategies by integrating this knowledge with the principles of epidemiology, economics and disease control within the context of management and infrastructure
Address the interaction between livestock and the public, in terms of zoonotic disease and clean food production
Comprehensive appreciation of welfare and ethical issues connected with farm animal practice
Formulate a hypothesis and undertake a research project, analyze and present data and how to develop farm practices.

Food and Bioprocess
Involves bioprocess modifications to develop new food coproducts with high nutritive or pharmaceutical value, to reduce food processing plant waste streams, and to evaluate improved starch characteristics of milled grains. State-of-the-art separation technologies, such as microfiltration, are being applied to conventional corn processes to give better products while gaining improved process efficiencies.
Tubers and Grain Quality and Properties
Involves developing improved wet and dry milling processes, dry-grind ethanol processes which remove the germ first (Quick Germ), Starch processing, determination of starch viscosity with rapid visco analyzer (RVA), drying effects on quality of grains, detection of extractable starch using near-infrared spectroscopy, measurement of fermentable starch, distiller’s dried grains (DDGS), and fatty acids, amino acids, and isoflavones in soybeans using FT-NIR and other physiochemical quality tests for grains and oilseeds.
Off-Road Equipment Engineering
Involves advanced technology development for off-road vehicles, modeling of in-filed crop handling systems, and evaluation of biofuels for diesel-powered vehicles.
Precision Agriculture
Involves development of sensors, information mapping systems and control systems for more precise management of in-field crop planting and chemical application. Remote sensing is a major feature of the recording and processing of data from satellites, planes and ground-based vehicles leading to both map-based and real-time control of crop planting and chemical application.
Soil and Water Resources Engineering
Involves the management of our soil and water resources, which includes watershed hydrology, subsurface drainage, runoff, and stormwater management.
Water Quality
Involves the processes related to water contaminant transport, effects of those contaminants on water use processes causing contamination and the correction and avoidance of contamination of water. Contaminants of interest include sediment, nutrients, pathogens, and chemicals.
Business Administration

Financial Reporting and Analysis

Accounting information’s role in recording and reporting on economic and business events including the primary financial statements: balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow. Concepts and purposes underlying financial reporting. Selection of accounting policies and their informational effects for external users. The course begins to develop students’ abilities to evaluate and interpret financial information through basic financial analysis.

Accounting Information and Internal Decision Making

Accounting concepts used by managers in planning and decision-making. The course introduces concepts of cost and profit behavior, contribution margin, and activity-based costing, as well as relevant costs and revenues for production, marketing, and capital budgeting decisions. The course also introduces students to the management planning and control system and its components – budgets, variance analysis, performance evaluation in centralized and decentralized organizations, and management compensation plans. The importance of designing a system to fit the organizations’ strategy is emphasized.

Economic Foundations

This course focuses on economic decision making at the level of the firm and consumer, utilizing demand and supply analysis to help understand a variety of economic and managerial issues. Formal models of managerial economic problems will be developed and used for purposes of analysis. The course will also deal with public economics, regulatory economics and introduce issues of information economics and strategic behavior. The theory of public choice and public goods will be used to analyze a variety of public economic issues. The course will also cover macroeconomic issues including measuring macroeconomic variables, sources of economic growth, business cycles, interest rates, exchange rates, government debt, and other topics.

Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

This course focuses on the application of moral principles and models for ethical decision making to individuals and businesses in the 21st century. Contemporary ethical and social issues will be examined through the use of case studies, class discussions and presentations. Topics include concepts of individual ethics, workplace issues, corporate compliance and social and environmental responsibility. While examining ethical issues, emphasis will be placed on improving students’ proficiency levels in verbal and written business communication.

Managerial Finance

Fundamental concepts in asset valuation are discussed within the context of simple asset pricing models and efficient financial markets. This course introduces the valuation of financial assets such as bonds and stocks. Further topics include the issuing of financial securities, leverage, dividend policy, cash management, and derivative securities. Credit will not be given for FIN 501 when FIN 503 has been completed.

Principles of Marketing Management

This course commences with an examination of core marketing concepts, including strategic marketing planning, segmentation and the marketing mix (product, price, place and promotion) and the integration of these concepts into a marketing plan. Specific focus is then provided to developing pragmatic skills regarding marketing effectiveness.

Data Analysis and Decision Making

This course begins with a survey of graphical and numerical techniques available for studying and describing data. Following an introduction to probability distributions, an overview of statistical inference for means and proportions is provided. Regression, analysis of variance and decision analysis are then utilized to analyze data and support decision making. Time series models are also briefly discussed. The data and decisions analyzed throughout the course will be representative of those commonly encountered by managers. During the required lab sessions, spreadsheet analysis of data, Monte Carlo simulation and the use of software for statistical analysis will be presented

Managing People

Introduces students to organizational behavior (OB) and human resource management (HRM), and how to generate energy and commitment in employees. Examines options relevant to staffing, performance management, reward systems, leadership, motivation, decision making, communication, labor relations, and current issues in the field of management.

Leadership Skills

The purpose of this course is to increase the student’s understanding of leadership roles and skill in exercising those roles. These include team building, mentoring, managing conflict, delegating, managing participative decision making, creative problem solving, and time and stress management.

Farm Operations Management

This course focuses on (1) the competitive advantage that a business unit can derive from innovative and efficient production and delivery of its goods and services and on (2) analytical approaches that are useful in understanding and improving an organization’s operations. Specific modules include process diagramming and analysis; measuring and managing flow times; inventory control and optimization; supply chain coordination and operations strategy. Cases will be used to illustrate the operational efficiency and its significance to the profitability of a firm.

The graduate from this Master’s course has excellent business insight and practice and has a proven track record of enterprising development. He or she comes with a strong network and can apply research to innovation in this sector.
You will find this graduate successful enterprising with the FARM FUTURE program or either self-employed or in a larger company in one of the following positions:

  • Crop Farmer
  • Animal farmer
  • Horticulturist
  • Business  manager
  • Process Manager

Qualification

After successfully completing this 36-month program you will receive the Master degree in Agribusiness. This degree is a state-recognized Master of Agriculture Business, validated and accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization.

Admission criteria

  • Bachelor degree in agribusiness or equivalent
  • English proficiency requirements
  • A vision of the chosen area of interest and strong motivation to be successful in the agrifood sector
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