Taylor completes farm management program


Beth Fisher Taylor


From Contributed Reports

Monday, February 25, 2019

Beth Fisher Taylor of Fisher Farms Partnership in Whitakers recently completed the Executive Farm Management program.

In this program, participants focus on all aspects of management needed to successfully manage today’s large, commercial, family-owned farms across the southeast. The 12-day pro-gram is delivered over six weeks in three locations; Savannah, Ga, Raleigh and Charleston, S.C.

During the program, 28 individual participants representing 21 unique operations and organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia were exposed to new tools and practices in areas of strategy, innovation, financial management, human resources, labor management, risk management, succession planning, market research, marketing, social media and crisis management and communication.

All participants are put into teams on the first day of the program and work within their teams throughout the duration. The program implements a fictional but fact-based case study to teach all of the management tools emphasized during the program, allowing the opportunity for the participants to practice applying these tools.

The foundational tool of the program is the use of the Business Model Canvas, which provides both a tactile and visual methodology for identifying new value propositions and is an excellent first step in creating new business plans, as it forces the user to consider all nine blocks of the tool that align with the nine essential components of a business plan.

The Executive Farm Management program is in its second year and is offered by N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and its partners; NC State Cooperative Extension Service, Poole College of Management, Clemson Cooperative Ex-tension, ECU College of Business and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.