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. Read about FISC’s long and rich history.

Classes during the non-growing season of the Upper Midwest (November-March)
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Applied and interactive classes focusing on practical skills and knowledge 100% of students who apply receive scholarships Opportunities for additional training and learning activities

Learn Applied Material from University & Industry Experts

Receive a certificates in your area of interest! The following certificates are offered: Foundations of Farm & Agribusiness Management, Dairy Farm Management, Management of Crops & Soils, Farm Equipment Operations, Meat Animal Farm Management, Diversified Agricultural Operations, and Turfgrass Management

Courses 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.

All credits earned through FISC are accredited and many are eligible for transfer to two- or four-year universities and colleges.

Live on Campus, Get a Richer College Experience

Students in the FISC program live together on the UW–Madison campus, providing opportunities to network and learn from fellow students. Learn more about living at Lowell Center.

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