AGR 313 (Advanced Farm Management) is an undergraduate course taught at Illinois State University utilizing a computerized farm simulation. The simulation has proven to be an effective tool in teaching the decision making skills and economic concepts required to be a successful farm manager. The simulation allows the instructor to focus on different aspects of farm management including proper input usage, machinery replacement decisions, land purchase-rental analysis, decision-making in a risky environment, and decision-making over time. Students can be exposed to a wide variety of decision making environments in a relatively short time period by using the computer simulation. Just as important, students receive rapid feedback relating farm management decisions to outcomes. This greatly reinforces the lessons being learned.



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