Agricultural Management e-School
Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to the Agricultural Management Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. If your questions about our courses are not answered on this page, please use the question box on our registration pages.
Can I start a course at any time?
How long does it take to complete a course?
What do you mean by a 90 day term?
What is Iowa FSA Certification?
How are the courses structured?
Are the courses available to out-of-state students?
Is the course reading all done online or are there course materials provided?
Are college credit hours available?
Students who wish to earn college credit can enroll in courses in the Master of Agriculture program offered by the ISU College of Agriculture. Fees for courses leading to a Masters of Agriculture degree have a $280/credit hour rate, a $40/semester computer fee, and delivery fees. The rate for AMES courses is $100.
To see what credit courses are currently available from ISU, go to the Life Learner page
What software is necessary? The only software that is necessary is the browser software you are using to view this page. Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free software package that is used in the course to deliver materials for the student to print out. Adobe Acrobat is the same software necessary to view any ISU Extension publication available in pdf format. Microsoft Excel is not required. It is a useful piece of software to access the spreadsheet decision tools used in Agricultural Management e-School courses. Microsoft Excel can be obtained from many resellers.
I'm wondering what benefits these courses would have for me, where I am not a producer, but an ag production specialist with a local cooperative. If you would like a better understanding of the course content to allow you to better serve your customers, the courses would be appropriate. The AGM, Advanced Grain Marketing, course isn't going to put you on par with an experienced merchandiser, but it will help you to understand his lingo and better communicate with farmers regarding marketing issues. Likewise, the Farm Leasing Arrangements course can help you to interact in leasing discussions, Farmland Ownership in land purchase discussions, and Financial Decision Making in credit discussions.
Try the course that best suits you at the time and place that best suits you. If it isn't worth the money, let me know. You can have your money back if you are not satisfied.
Who supports AMES? The Iowa State University Extension staff with primary responsibility are William Edwards, Tim Eggers, Ann Holste, and Julie O'Hara. The instructional support for AMES courses is provided by Iowa State University Extension field and campus agricultural economists.
Additional questions or comments on how to improve the AMES courses are welcome at any time.