Education & Training Extension Programs

Educational and training opportunities are available for diverse audiences related to agriculture and the food sector. Many of these involve a fee for participants.



The proximity of Illinois/Indiana to many major markets, and the abundance of natural and agricultural resources provide tremendous long-term opportunities for aquaculture farms and businesses in these states. Whether you are an aquaculture producer or you are thinking of getting into an aquaculture business, we are here to provide you the best information and education to ensure a productive, innovative and profitable aquaculture business.
Provides an Agricultural Banking School and Agricultural Clinic for Bankers
A listing of programs offered by our Center for Food and Agricultural Business
A self-study course on farm financial analysis and information about strategic management, Indiana farmland values and cash rents, and other farm management resources.
Come tour five outstanding Indiana farms with Purdue Cooperative Extension staff members as your guides and the Indiana Farm Management Association as your host. 
Develop the Next Generation of Management
The objective of this program is to improve knowledge in basic marketing skills with a particular focus on how these skills can be applied in the age of biofuels.
Learn more about upcoming law, estate and family business transfer planning programs in agriculture.

Managing Margin Risk
Managing margin risk has become incredibly important for producers given commodity price volatility and input cost increases.  While record profits are possible at these prices, producers must simultaneously manage price risk and input cost risk to maintain profitable margins.

The objective of this program is to provide producers with the tools to determine their breakeven prices, marketing plans, crop insurance decisions and leasing options with the end goal of being able to “lock in” profitable margins.

This program was offered during the winter of 2009.  All of the materials are available for self-study.  This program was offered during the winter of 2009.  All of the materials are available for self-study. 

New Ventures Program
The Purdue Extension educators and specialists on the New Ventures Team created this site to help you find the answers and information you need to decide whether you should start a new agriculture - or food - related business. 

Purdue Income Tax Schools
The Department, in collaboration with IRS and Indiana Department of Revenue, conducts a two-day tax update program at 11 Indiana locations.  The program is designed to update tax professionals on recent changes in tax laws, regulations, and filing procedures.  The program provides 16 hours of continuing education credits for public accountants, CPAs, Certified Financial Planners and Enrolled Agents and has been accepted for 12.9 hours of CLE for attorneys.  Registration on or before Oct. 19 receives a $40 discount on the $325 fee.  For further information on the program and the registration brochure go to

Retirement Estimator for Farm Families
Whether you are thinking of retiring gradually or about taking the big step all at once, you may wonder whether you can afford to retire. This site is designed to help you answer some of your questions about retirement.

Strategic Business Planning for Commercial Producers
Strategic Business Planning for Commercial Producers is a comprehensive curriculum for educators to use in teaching commercial farm managers to be highly effective business managers. 

Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainable agriculture seeks to balance the economic, social, and environmental facets of agriculture. Site provides ideas for reducing the environmental impact of production agriculture, alternative enterprise for enhancing farm income, and links to several resources.

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