The next Management, Analysis and Strategic Thinking program for producers and agricultural professionals is now enrolling at Kansas State University.
The MAST program uses distance education to provide new information and decision-making tools to farmers, ranchers, bankers and business owners in a way that does not require them to regularly attend classes on a college campus.
The program starts with a two-day orientation workshop on K-State's Manhattan campus Nov. 12-13. For the rest of the three-month program, however, participants will learn using distance education methods. Many of the modules completed during the program are Internet-based.
"The great thing about MAST is it allows producers and ag professionals to take class when they want to," says Alicia Goheen, MAST program coordinator. "It allows them to work around their business, family and community responsibilities."
MAST's seven modules cover such topics as land ownership and leasing, machinery ownership and leasing, financial management, human resource management, tax planning and policy, risk management and marketing. Goheen said participants can personalize the modules based on their operation.
"MAST is for someone who desires to be more successful in their business," she says. "Participants can use the program to improve production and think through current issues facing their business."
Class participants will receive a CD-ROM containing multimedia presentations for each module during the on-campus orientation session. Periodically, participants will be able to interact with each other and with instructors through live Internet chats.
The MAST program draws heavily from the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics' Master in Agribusiness, which is another distance education program for those seeking a graduate degree.
More information about K-State's MAST program is available on the Web at www.agmanager.info/MAST or by contacting Goheen at 785-532-4434 or [email protected].