Agricultural Lending Course
The Agricultural Lending Course introduces students to modern concepts and tools of finance, developed and applied to the agricultural sector. Using case studies, practical problems, and a lucid presentation, the course focuses on planning, analyzing, and controlling business performance in agriculture and related financial markets (see below for complete description).
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CFT strongly RECOMMENDS that students complete the Accounting AND Business Math courses prior to taking the Agricultural Lending course.
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The Agricultural Lending Course introduces students to modern concepts and tools of finance, developed and applied to the agricultural sector. Using case studies, practical problems, and a lucid presentation, the course focuses on planning, analyzing, and controlling business performance in agriculture and related financial markets. Curriculum addresses recent structural changes in the food system, covering important topics such as the growth in vertical coordination within the food and fiber system, and the significant implications for financial analysis and risk management by those managing or financing the agricultural sector. Topics to be covered include:
• Financial Statements and Information Flows
• Financial Analysis and Control
• Credit Risk Assessment and Lender-Borrower Relationships
• Capital Structure, Leverage, and Financial Risk
• Risk Management
• Costs of Financial Capital
• Ownership and Leasing of Farm Land
• The Management Environment for Financial Institutions
• Loan Pricing and Profitability Analysis
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Diplomas and Certificates Applicable to the Agricultural Lending course:
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Online Course Format
Your course will be facilitated by an instructor who will guide you through each lesson and is available to answer questions and provide feedback on your assignments. Each week, you will locate your assignment in your online classroom. The assignment will include:
• reading a chapter in your textbook (provided through the mail before the course begins)
• and one or more of the following: completing a short assignment and either forwarding the assignment electronically to your instructor, posting it on the electronic class Discussion Board, and completing a self-check.
The semester length courses will have a mid-term examination and a final examination. These examinations and quizzes will be administered electronically over the Internet. Your overall grade for the class will be based on your performance on the weekly assignments, mid-term examinations and the final examination.
Guided Self Study Format
Guided Self-Study Courses offered by the Center for Financial Training are student-friendly, college level courses that allow you to take control of your busy schedule. You will study on your own, however you will have a qualified instructor only a telephone call or e-mail away. Upon registering for a class, you will be mailed a textbook, a syllabus outlining your course, and your first open-book quiz. You will have four months (certain classes allow less than four months) from the starting date to complete your class. The starting date is three business days from the date books and related materials are mailed to you. An advisor at the CFT office will keep in touch with you to provide additional assistance to help keep you on schedule. Your exams (two per class) will be proctored by an officer or manager at your financial institution. Upon satisfactory completion of your class, you will, within days, receive your grade and the appropriate credits for the class, which are the same as though you had earned them by taking the course in a classroom or online.
Evening classroom courses meet once each week for a total of 1 to 15 weeks depending on the topic. These courses are taught by qualified instructors with real-life experience from the financial services, legal, and academia sectors. Our faculty is comprised of credentialed professionals with a broad range of subject matter expertise who always present interactive and dynamic classroom experiences. They have significant experience in the field they are teaching, and most have advanced degrees. CFT faculty members are dedicated to helping students achieve their educational goals and actively serve as mentors for those seeking degree status.
Features and Benefits of CFT Live Evening Classroom Courses:
Discussion and dialogue are “face to face”
Student questions are answered immediately
Students learn first-hand about the on-the-job experiences of their classmates
Instructor assistance is always available – during class & after hours
Interactive “live” classroom environment
Students form peer groups that last a lifetime
Virtually any course or seminar that CFT offers can be brought onsite and taught to your employees at the most convenient time for your company. You can also purchase CFT curriculum and teach the course in-house with an internal instructor.