Investing in Machinery and Equipment Course
In recent years, machinery costs creeped up and now rank among the biggest cost items on farms. They often fluctuate significantly even between farms in the same region because farmers have a wide range of options in managing their machinery portfolios. In past years with high commodity prices and good margins, it was relatively easy to finance machinery, wants sometimes surpassed needs, and detailed financial analysis was only sparsely performed.
As the outlook for commodity markets is currently less optimistic, many farmers are rethinking their equipment strategy to reduce cost and debt service commitments as well as to preserve working capital, so they can take advantage of the opportunities ahead.
It is with this goal in mind that we have developed a course to assist farmers in making decisions about machinery investment.
Objective of the Course
The major objective is to give farmers the tools needed to construct and implement the optimum machinery management strategy for their farms, based on sound management decisions. A machinery management strategy includes how much equipment to have, how to choose the most favorable equipment option, whether it is owned and financed or leased, rented, and for how long it is held.
This program is planned as a hands on workshop. Participants will receive an investment spread investment decisions.
Defining Equipment Strategy: What Does it Entail?
- How much equipment?
- New technology
- What is the optimal machinery strategy
- Some guidelines
Financial Principals, Concepts and Tools
- Equipment cost: some examples - buy vs. finance vs. lease vs. rent vs. custom
- Financing Principles
- The time value of money concept
Presentation of Machinery Spreadsheet, Case Studies and Individual "Cases"
- Explanation of spreadsheet
- Group exercise: Case studies
- Group exercise: Addressing participants' living cases
- Bearpit Q & A
AME instructors are internationally renowned experts in agricultural management, and are drawn from both industry and academia. This approach ensures a sound theoretical basis for the program, combined with “hands on” practical experience in the application of ideas.
Principal & Lead Instructor
Agri-Food Management Excellence
Dr. Joerg Zimmerman
$750 and will include course materials and a spread sheet that participants can take home to use after the course.
Save 50-75% on Tuition!
for more details please click here or check with your provincial Ministry of Agriculture for eligibility requirements.
Dates & Locations
The 1.5 day course will be held in the following locations:
Sept 18-19, 2017
Sept 20-21, 2017
Sept 22-23, 2017
Nov 27-28, 2017
Nov 29-30, 2017
Jan 15-16, 2018
Red Deer, AB
Jan 17-18, 2018
Jan 19-20, 2017
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