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Farm and Food Entrepreneurship

Program Highlights


Degree Option



The Farm and Food Entrepreneurship Certificate program is the first online program at SUNY Cobleskill. The curriculum prepares students for a variety of work experiences in the agricultural sector and beyond, focusing on technical and soft skills required for entrepreneurship and management. Financial management, accounting, marketing, business planning, and value-added production figure prominently in the curriculum. The Certificate program is comprised entirely of online courses offered by faculty in the Agricultural Business Management, Business Administration, and Animal/Plant Science program areas. The online format and flexible design make this an accessible program to learners across New York State and beyond.

This Certificate program will be offered starting Fall 2022 and Financial Aid is available.

In addition to the core curriculum, students can choose courses whose contents fit their unique interests (retailing, e-marketing, sustainability and more).

Core courses:

  • Ag Production Management
  • Ag Business Financial Management
  • Ag Business Entrepreneurship
  • Value Added Production and Marketing
  • Financial Accounting
  • Food Processing Engineering


The Ag Business faculty at SUNY Cobleskill are student-centered and committed to excellence in teaching. These award-winning individuals have tremendous practical industry experience and teach with the objective of molding tomorrow’s agricultural professionals.

Sophie T. Ano, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
518-255-5192 • anost@cobleskill.edu
A native of southern France, Dr. Ano joined the Agricultural Business Management team at SUNY Cobleskill in 2014. She received a Masters degree in Agribusiness from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Arizona State. Her teaching interests include food systems, marketing, small business development and entrepreneurship. Dr. Ano is faculty advisor for the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), a student organization that competes nationally each year in marketing plan competitions.


Stephen Weir
Assistant Professor
518-255-5617 • weirsr@cobleskill.edu


Mahla Zare Mehrjerdi, PhD
Assistant Professor
518-255-5469 • zaremem@cobleskill.edu