Next Generation Farming



Welcome to the future of animal
ag education


  • The Indiana Animal Agriculture Certificate program is a 21-week, online course brought to you by the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Ivy Tech Community College


  • Anyone looking to get into or add livestock, poultry or aquaculture to their existing operation
  • Farmers or livestock businesses willing to invest in the cost of the program as a way to improve employee performance and retention


For farmers:

  • Gives farmers and farm employees the knowledge they need to become more successful
  • Relatively inexpensive way to learn how to increase farm diversity, which in turn, reduces risk
  • Is a comprehensive and time-efficient way to help bring the next generation "back to the farm"

For farm employers:

  • Gives employees the practical knowledge they need to be better at their jobs
  • Can help improve employee retention by demonstrating a willingness to invest in high-potential employees
  • Can help employees feel more invested by gaining a big picture understanding of "how it all works"


21-week online course

  • Includes a facilities tour of at least one livestock or aquaculture farm upon completion of Module 7

$2,187.50 per person

  • Comprehensive curriculum designed to provide the knowledge needed to succeed in livestock, poultry and aquaculture operations
  • 7 modules, 3 sessions each, with all materials building upon topics covered in previous sessions
  • PowerPoint presentations, activities, discussion questions, supplemental material and exams
  • Participants must receive a score of 80%+ at the end of each module to continue


Module 1 - Public Awareness and the Animal Industry Issues and Concerns

  • Public perception of modern animal agriculture and how it affects producers
  • Developing good relationships between producers and their neighbors
  • Animal welfare, animal rights, animal well-being and animal husbandry
  • Environmental and workers' rights concerns

Module 2 - Understanding Contracts

  • Basic livestock, poultry or aquaculture contracts
  • The history of livestock, poultry and aquaculture contracting in the U.S.
  • Grower and company responsibilities and commitments
  • Financial records needed to enter into a contract

Module 3 - Business Plans: Writing Business Plans and Managing People

  • Reasons for writing an effective business plan
  • Forms of business organization
  • Create a business plan
  • Effective labor management practices

Module 4 - Understanding the Requirements of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)

  • The role and scope of IDEM in the regulation of livestock operations in Indiana
  • The differences between a CFO and CAFO
  • Documentation required to obtain or renew a CFO permit
  • Management of manure, storm water runoff, ground water monitoring and mortality

Module 5 - Animal Nutrition

  • Main nutrients needed by all animals and their importance
  • Nutrition's effect on reproduction, growth, health and disease control
  • Appropriate feed and feeding management for a particular species
  • Species-specific nutrition basics

Module 6 - Waste Management

  • Preparation for the Indiana Category 14 Fertilizer Applicator's Certification exam
  • Basic soil characteristics as they relate to manure management
  • Storing, analyzing, transporting and applying manure and fertilizer
  • Basic maintenance of application equipment

Module 7 - Animal Husbandry, Welfare, Facilities and Equipment

  • Definition of animal husbandry and animal welfare
  • How animal behavior dictates the way animals should be handled and treated
  • Species-specific industry organizations and their animal welfare guidelines
  • Biosecurity procedures
  • Proper animal handling techniques
  • Pros and cons of raising animals in confinement, including issues such as ventilation, water quality and necessary equipment

The Indiana Animal Agriculture Certificate program is the most efficient, comprehensive and only livestock and aquaculture certificate program available today.

  • Quicker alternative to a 2-year animal science degree
  • Offers essential knowledge you might never have even known you needed
  • Wide range of topics covering everything from environmental management to business planning

The Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council are offering a limited number of scholarships.

To see if you qualify, visit or

Register by January 16!

Or call 812-374-5174 or email