South-central Utah farmers will get a chance to improve their business and financial management programs through computer courses being offered by Sevier Valley Tech in Richfield and Snow College in Ephraim.

Sevier Valley Tech's program will serve Wayne, Piute and Sevier counties. The program covering Millard, Sanpete and Juab counties will be offered by Snow College.Because the area's basic economy is agriculture, the economic well-being of the region depends on farmers upgrading their decision-making skills, said George Potter, Sevier Valley Tech instructor.

A complete record of a farmer's or rancher's operation will be computerized for a year. During that time instructors will make on-site visits to the farm or ranch.

The home study course is intended to assist farmers in improving the data base upon which they make their enterprise analysis, as well as upgrading their ability to make good decisions, Potter said. This is even more important because low agricultural prices and high costs of operations have caused an economic crisis in the six-county area, he believes.

He said the course will teach methods for developing a complete and accurate set of inventory and financial records, farm business analysis, appropriate enterprise analysis, data for management decisions, understanding of computer literacy, taxes and tax management, and budgeting and budget procedures.

Farmers who are interested in the course may contact Sevier Valley Tech or Snow College.