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Is there anything I should do to prepare for the class?
Yes. When you enroll you will be sent prework. This prework will help you apply the business principles you will learn at the school to your own business.
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How is the class structured?
You’ll work on the assignments in small teams of 4 or 5 other participants and forge friendships that will last long after the school is over. Instruction consists of short dynamic lectures, fun demonstrations and video presentations interspersed with individual and team tasks. Team tasks generally focus on applying course principles and tools to a real case study. Individual tasks generally involve the application of concepts and methods to your farm or ranch.
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What are the class hours?
The RFP school usually begins on a Sunday and ends the following Saturday. On Sunday, class begins at 2:30 p.m. and ends at about 7:30 p.m. when you’ll be our guest at a class dinner. Monday through Friday Class beings at 8:00 a.m. and ends at about 5:00 p.m. On Saturday class begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at noon. Each night there will be homework to complete in which you’ll apply the principles of Ranching for Profit to your own business.
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When and where are the schools held?
For a current schedule of Ranching For Profit Schools see the Events Calendar.
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How much does the Ranching For Profit School cost?
The fee for the school is $2,750 (U.S.) for the first person from your business. Additional people attending the school from the same business pay the discounted fee of $2,000 (U.S.) per person. The second person rate applies as long as a person is taking the class within the same school year. Alumni may repeat the school for only $500 (U.S.). The hotel and lodging costs are separate and vary from location to location. Meal packages are included in the school fee.
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What does the course fee cover?
The course fee includes tuition, pre-work materials, a workbook with a comprehensive set of school notes, and a reference section in which you’ll find step-by-step instructions for all of the processes taught at the school. You will also receive a CD with all of the economic forms used in the classroom. The fee also includes a meal package which provides daily coffee, pastries, mid-afternoon refreshments, and lunches Monday through Friday. Ranch Management Consultants hosts a dinner the first night of class (Sunday) for all participants.
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Do I need to stay at the hotel where the school is held?
No, but we recommend that even if participants live nearby, that they stay at the venue so that they can participate in the informal after-hours discussions. Some people commuting to the school have a harder time focusing on $100,000 issues facing their business because they are distracted doing the $10/hour chores at home before coming to class.
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Are we on our own for meals?
You’ll be on your own for breakfast and dinner, but the class eats lunch together. RMC hosts a class dinner on Sunday evening.
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How do I enroll?
Registration is easy. To register just complete and return the registration form with your deposit of $300 (U.S.), or call us at (707)429-2292 and register with a credit card.
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I’ve never been good with numbers. Will I be able to keep up?
A lot of people who attend our programs share your concern. But, our specialty is breaking down what can be complicated concepts into very simple principles and step-by-step methods. If you are concerned about your skill with numbers, you won’t be alone, and you won’t be left behind. Each section of the course is designed to help you understand economic and financial principles and apply them to your farm or ranch.
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I’m experienced with numbers. Is this course too basic for me?
This course isn’t dumbed-down. While the step-by-step methods are simple, the economic and financial principles are extremely powerful. MBA’s and accountants attending the school tell us the simple, powerful tools we provide have deepened their understanding and enhanced their ability to serve and advise their clients.
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When the course is over am I on my own to remember and apply these concepts and techniques?
No. Our alumni support is unparalleled. A coaching program is available to help you apply the concepts taught in the classroom to your ranch.

You will receive ProfitTips, our twice-monthly management e-mail for alumni.

You will also be eligible to join Executive Link, the most successful alumni network in agriculture. In Executive Link, Ranching for Profit School alumni work together in peer advisory boards. Using a structured review process, they consult with one another about business decisions and hold each other accountable to implement their personal action plans and achieve results. Executive Link also includes a continuing education program at the winter and fall meetings.
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Who are the Instructors?
Each Ranching For Profit School is taught by one of three highly qualified instructors. For a brief biography of the RFP instructors visit RFP School Instructors.
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How big are the classes?
Class size varies. The average school is 28 participants, but class size has ranged from 10 to 60. Regardless of class size, you’ll be working in a team with 4 to 5 other participants.
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I’m thinking about buying a ranch but I don’t have a ranch yet. Should I wait before I attend?
You’d be well served to use the school to clarify your goals and build a business plan to achieve them before you start your business. Most of the participants usually have several years of experience in ranching. You’ll be able to draw on their experience and contacts to avoid costly mistakes.
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What Should I Bring?
Your completed pre-work and true/false questions, comfortable clothes, lots of questions and high expectations. We’ll provide a workbook, scratch paper, pencils, erasers, calculators and everything else you need to learn how to get in control of your business.
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Should I bring my financial statements?
Rather than bring your financial statements, we recommend you complete and bring the pre-work which will help you summarize key data from your statements.
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What if I don’t want others to see my numbers?
All information is treated with strict confidence, and you don’t have to reveal any more to anyone than you want to.
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My farm is different than most. Will the concepts and tools apply to me?
Yes. We’ve been working with agricultural businesses of all sizes and types on four continents for over 30 years and have encountered about every exception to the rule. We have yet to find one that could not benefit from these principles and methods. Occasionally processes need to be adapted to accommodate unique situations. Our instructors will work with you to help you apply the principles and processes to your situation.
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Can ranching and farming really be profitable?
It has to be. The future of rural communities depends on it. Our alumni are the ultimate test of the validity of the principles and processes we teach. The average Return on Assets in ranching in the US is –1.5%*. The average of Ranching for Profit School alumni participating in the Executive Link program over 4%*. Our business is helping you structure profit into yours. You’ll find that structuring your farm or ranch to make a profit will reduce your stress and increase your enjoyment of the great lifestyle this business can offer.
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*Not including land appreciation

Do you have a refund policy?
If you complete the Ranching for Profit School and at the end believe you have not received your money’s worth, we will refund the fee. Please read our refund policy.
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