Farm and Ranch Business Management Program expands

Farm Forum

The Farm and Ranch Business Management program at Mitchell Technical Institute continues to expand its program in northeastern South Dakota. Kathy Meland has joined the staff of instructors serving farmers and ranchers across the state. Meland has spent the last several years working with her husband, Nathan, on their grain and feedlot operation. She is a graduate of SDSU with a bachelor’s degree in economics and has previously worked as a commodity broker, a loan credit analyst, and an FDIC bank examiner.

Says Meland of her new position, “I am looking forward to helping my clients develop better financial records in order to maintain a successful farm operation in the ever-challenging environment of production agriculture. The need for detailed financial analysis is just as great during highly-profitable years as it is during the times of tight profit-margins.”

The program is delivered out of Mitchell Technical Institute, under the direction of Mr. Greg Von Wald, President, and has expanded to six full-time instructors covering the entire state of South Dakota. The expansion has been made possible through the financial support of USDA grants, North Central Farmers Elevator, Country Pride Coop, Farm Credit Services, and the following commodity groups: SD Soybean Research & Promotion Council, SD Wheat Commission, SD Corn Utilization Council, and SD Pork Producers Council.

For more information about the program, contact Meland at kathy.meland@mitchelltech

.edu or call 1-800-952-0042.