Welcome to Your Future in Agriculture!
The Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) is a 16-week certificate program for people who want to develop or expand the skills needed to operate a farm, run an agricultural business, or work in the agribusiness sector. The program, first offered in 1886, has provided opportunities for generations of farmers to expand their businesses and career options.
Classes begin in late fall and end in early spring—timed to coincide with the non-growing season in the Midwest—and are taught by academic and industry professionals. Courses are offered in the areas of soils, crops, dairy, meat animals, agricultural engineering, farm business planning, agribusiness, human relations, and communications. Coursework involves lectures, hands-on labs, and tours.
First-year students earn a Certificate in the Foundations of Farm and Agribusiness Management. This certificate serves as a prerequisite to returning for a second year to earn a certificate in one of the following specialized areas: dairy farm management; diversified agricultural operations; farm and equipment operations; management of crops and soils; meat animal farm management; or turfgrass management.
Participants enjoy all the benefits of being a UW–Madison student and are encouraged to participate in student clubs, career fairs and committees—as well as athletic, social, and alumni events. Outside of class, FISC also hosts various tours, industry presentations, workshops, and trainings for students.
Each year, FISC awards more than $200,000 in scholarships to students. Every student who applies for financial assistance receives a scholarship. The average scholarship award is $3,000 per student.
Credits earned thru FISC are eligible for transfer to many four-year universities.
Learn about tuition, housing and other costs for the 2020-2021 term.