Western Integrated Resource Education -WIRE
Managing any kind of agricultural enterprise in today's environment is becoming increasingly complex and more difficult. The WIRE course teaches a process of management for agricultural operations, that can help sort through the complexities and empower the people involved to achieve their goals.
WIRE helps find the answers to the age-old questions: "Where am I headed"?, "Where am I right now"?, and most importantly, "How do I get to where I want to go"? However, WIRE does not prescribe universal solutions to these questions. Rather, it provides a process for finding the set of best-possible alternatives and evaluating the outcome for the chosen course to success.
WIRE recognizes that each farm/ranch operation is composed of a unique set of environmental and physical resources, as well as a particular set of capacities and capabilities within the human resources involved. The WIRE process seeks to find the optimal combination of resources, using them to reach the goals set-out for the operation. Quantity and timing of resource use by farm/ranch activities is considered, as well as the interactions and sustainability of resource demands by the operation.
This on-line version of the course is being adapted from a successful Cooperative Extension Service program developed in Wyoming in 1992, and has since been favorably expanded to Idaho, Utah, and Montana. Offerings have also received positive reviews in Saskatchewan and Queensland, Australia. It gives participants the opportunity to not only learn integrated management techniques for problem solving, but also to apply those techniques to actual agricultural operations. Participants will be able to interact with course instructors, as well as other enrollees throughout the course.