INDIANAPOLIS — Helping farmers understand the animal
agriculture industry and make informed decisions about livestock management is
the goal of Ivy Tech’s new online certificate program.
Developed in partnership with the Indiana Soybean Alliance
and Indiana Corn Marketing Council, this 21-week course can give anyone looking
to add livestock, poultry or aquaculture to their operation the tools and
knowledge they need.
“ISA is always interested in ways to help farmers learn
about diversifying their operations to bring the next generation back to the
farm,” said Carl Kissell, chairman of ISA’s demand committee. “This new program
offers farmers an opportunity to increase their knowledge of animal agriculture
and see how they might incorporate livestock into their operation.”
The program covers topics aimed at educating farmers who are
looking into adding livestock or aquaculture production, including how to
develop a business plan. The program also is designed for farmers who want their
employees to gain more knowledge on the best practices in the livestock
“The content is designed to be immediately useful for
beginning a livestock, poultry, or aquaculture business or for increasing your
value as an employee in such a business,” said Matt John, Ivy Tech’s agriculture
The program also focuses on helping animal agriculture
farmers create and maintain robust operations.
“Livestock is the biggest user of soybeans, and aquaculture
is a growing market,” Kissell said. “Our organization is interested in doing
things that promote the use of soybeans, and we’re looking for ways we can help
livestock operations improve and offer them resources so they’re better
There will be two courses offered throughout the year and
participants will be able to earn three credit hours within Ivy Tech’s
agriculture program. The registration deadline for the fall course is Sept.
Applicants can register through Ivy Tech’s website at
Applicants are encouraged to visit ISA’s website —
www.indianasoybean.com/livestock — to learn about six scholarships the
organizations are offering to help cover the registration cost.