The Executive Farm Management (EFM) program is collaborative program offered by NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and NC State Cooperative Extension Service and it’s partners Poole College of Management, Clemson Cooperative Extension, ECU College of Business and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.
The program is created exclusively for large, commercial, family-owned operations across the Southeast who grow, pack and/or process tobacco, fruit and/or vegetables.
The program is comprised of three total sessions with the first session kicking off in Savannah immediately following the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference. The complete schedule is as follows;
- Sunday January 12th– Wednesday January 15th, Savannah, GA: Immediately following the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference
- Sunday February 2nd – Saturday February 8th, Raleigh, NC: Coinciding with the Southern Farm Show *Time during this week will be provided to allow participation in the Farm Show*
- Sunday February 23rd – Wednesday February 26th, Charleston, SC
EFM is designed to increase the management competencies and profitability of specialty farms across the Southeast, by utilizing a holistic operation-focused curriculum. Course topics include; Strategic Planning, Human Resource Management, Labor Management, Financial Management, Risk Management, Family Business Issues, Assessing Markets, Supply Chain Management, Brand Management and Marketing, Assessing and Building Key Partnerships and Strengthening an Operation’s Value Proposition, among others.