Instructor Pages


Generally Mark works with farmers in up to a 50 mile radius of Bismarck but makes exceptions depending on if there are other Farm Management programs in the area.

The BSC Farm Management Program was begun in 1972.



Keith Knudson is the Farm Business Management Instructor for Sustainable Vegetable Production, the program provides assistance for business/family goal setting, business records and accounting, planning and business analysis. Keith provides support to vegetable growers throughout the state of North Dakota.  

In North Dakota, vegetable production is often just one part of a larger farming operation.  Farmers and producers can take advantage of this program by enrolling their whole farm at no additional cost.   Assistance is available in Planning and Business Analysis including support in marketing, income tax estimating, cash flows, costs and returns to crop and livestock operations and cost of production per unit.  Each enterprise of the farming operation can be broken out separately to give producers the necessary information to determine enterprise profitability.

North Dakota State Department of Career and Technical Education and Dakota College at Bottineau are collaboratively providing the farm management and educational programs in sustainable vegetable production.   Seminars on topics such as Good Agricultural Practices, Greenhouse Structures, Wholesale and Direct Marketing, Safe Post-Harvest Handling and Organic Certification with Farm plans are scheduled throughout 2012.


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Don covers Morton, Grant, Mercer, Oliver, Hettinger, Sioux, & Dunn Counties. The program started in 1987.


Farewell Article

Sell Calves at Weaning, Background, or Custom Feed

Life Insurance for the Farmer by Don Hagen

Making Sense of Management Decisions


Devils Lake

Jeremiah Halley joined the Adult Farm Management Program at Lake Region State College in October of 2016. Jeremiah is from the Rock Lake, ND area and continues to operate a grain farm there. He earned his B. S. degree in Agribusiness from North Dakota State University and worked as an Ag lender for AgCountry Farm Credit Service prior to joining LRSC.




The program started in 1977, and Keith covers primarily Richland County in ND.           


What Others may need to Know (wills, deeds, etc)  (1)

What Others may need to Know (2)




Rodney took over the Farm Business Management Education position at Dakota College at Bottineau in 2014.  Prior to that he was the instructor in Langdon.  Before teaching farm business management he taught high school vocational agriculture in Westhope and Rolette for 5 years and was a dairy/small grain farmer for 22 years. Rodney and his wife, Karen, live on their home farm east of Rolette. 



Issues Producers Need to Consider wth Purchasing Land by Allen Graner

Controlling Costs by Allen Graner

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Cost of Air-Powered Post Pounder - 1 Calf by Beau Anderson



The program began in 1980 and serves the east-central portion of North Dakota encompassing an area approximately 30 miles north or south of Carrington and approximately 60 miles east or west.  The program also works in conjunction with several other agricultural entities and professionals officed at the Carrington Research-Extension Center.

2014 Farm Bill Decision - NDSU Extension Service - version 10.16.14

Break Even Analysis for Feeder Calves 10-1-14

Carrington Crop Seminar Budgets 10-2-14

Carrington Area Farm Business Managment 2013 Program Summary

Carrington Area Farm Business Management 2012 Program Summary

Carrington Area Farm Business Management 2011 Program Summary

Carrington Area Farm Business Management 2010 Program Summary

Dare to Compare Machinery Costs (May 2011)

Presentation from USDA Northern Great Plains Conference

Additional Enterprise Reports and Articles for East Central ND are available at



Virgil covers the area around Jamestown, North Dakota. 

James Valley CT Center Projected Farm Cash Flow by Crop (early Sept. 2014 preliminary numbers)


Average Net Return per Beef Cow Region 3 (1988-2007)

Newsletter August 2007

Crop Comparison Spreadsheet (2007)



Allison is a new Farm Business Management instructor for Lake Region State College.  She will be operating offices in Langdon and Grafton, ND. 

Allison is originally from a family farm in Mahnomen, MN.  In May 2013, she graduated from the University of Minnesota, Crookston with a double major in Agricultural Education and Agricultural Business.  During college, Allison was able to focus much of her education toward Farm Business Management. Throughout her student teaching, Allison worked extensively with Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls within their Farm Business Management Department.  This past school year Allison taught Agriculture Education at North Valley Career and Technology Center in Grafton, ND.

Allison is very excited work within Farm Business Management, learn about various operations, assist in setting business goals, prepare financial reports and provide insights to marketing.

As an instructor, Allison’s ambition is to serve you and your operation to the best of her ability through Farm Business Management.

Langdon FBM Monthly Newsletters:

January 2015

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014



Jory began his employment for the Farm Business Management Program in 2006 in Napoleon and started the position in Carrington in 2010.

Articles and Info.    

2014 Farm Bill Decision - NDSU Extension Service - version 10.16.14

Break Even Analysis for Feeder Calves 10-1-14 

Carrington Crop Seminary Budget 10-2-14

2013 Program Summary for Carrington Area                                                  

2012 Year End Summary for Carrington Area                             2011 Year End Summary for Carrington

2012 Projected Farm Cash Flow by Crop (Excel File)

Carrington Newsletter November 2011

Break Even Price Analysis for Finishing Calves 10/10/11

Break Even Price Analysis for Feeder Calves 10/10/11

Carrington Newsletter Sept 2011

Carrington Newsletter July 2011

Carrington Area Farm Business Management Program Summary 2010

Carrington Newsletter May/June 2011

Using Crop Insurance as Part of Your Marketing Plan by Jory Hansen


Ron covers Cass County and the surrounding areas. 

Cash Flow Projection Spreadsheet 

Cash Flow Breakeven Worksheet

Crop Selection Demands Real Time and Effort by Ron Smithberg

Partial Budget-crop Comparison