About Courses from Acres U.S.A.’s Eco-Ag U Online . . .

Learning has never been so convenient. It's like having an Acres U.S.A. Conference instructor as your personal tutor.

Courses offered through Eco-Ag U Online are in-depth, engaging and focused on one thing: absolute clarity. While working through a course you are tapping into the hard-earned experience of some of the top practitioners of non-toxic, sustainable, regenerative agriculture.

Take a peek at the free sample lessons found within each course. You'll see that lessons are a mix of audio, video, text, photos, exhibits, and bonus downloads. The variety keeps it interesting. The depth of learning will change your life.


Eco-Ag U instructors with active courses include:

Senior Instructor

Gary Zimmer

Gary Zimmer was raised on a dairy farm in northeastern Wisconsin. He received training in dairy nutrition, earning a bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii (1970). After achieving his educational goals, he spent the next five years teaching a farm operation and management course at Winona Area Technical Institute, Winona, Minnesota. In addition to nutrition, he was required to teach courses in crops, soils and farm finance. His approach to teaching included outside speakers, on-farm projects, field trips and much study. He has always asked questions and looked at many ways of farming with an open mind. This led him to discover The Albrecht Papers, Brookside consulting training, work as a private consultant in southeastern Minnesota, and ultimately to promote a better understanding and appreciation of biological farming.

Senior Instructor

Mark Shepard

Mark Shepard is a permaculture designer, agroforester and ecological farming consultant and is the author Restoration Agriculture and Water for Any Farm. He and his family have transformed a typical 100-acre row-crop dairy farm into a permaculture-based perennial-agricultural ecosystem using oak savannah, successional-brushland and Eastern woodlands as the ecological models. The result is one of the first and finest farm-scale models of permaculture in the United States. Their farm features chestnut, hazelnut and fruit trees, a variety of other fruits and vegetables, and chickens, ducks, pigs and other animals. He has lectured worldwide and consults with growers around the world including teaching permaculture techniques in sub-Saharan Africa. Upper Midwest organic farmers will recognize him as the banjo player in the band Synister Dane.


Doug Fine

Doug Fine is a solar-powered goat herder, comedic investigative journalist, bestselling author, and pioneer voice in regenerative farming, including cannabis/hemp. He has cultivated hemp for food and seed-building in four US states and teaches a Sterling College hemp class in Vermont. In addition, he is an award-winning culture and climate correspondent from five continents (for NPR, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among others). His books include American Hemp Farmer, Hemp Bound, Too High to Fail, Farewell, My Subaru (a Boston Globe Bestseller available in two Chinese dialects), Not Really An Alaskan Mountain Man, and First Legal Harvest, a monograph that was printed on hemp paper. Willie Nelson calls Doug’s work “a blueprint for the America of the future.” The Washington Post says, “Fine is a storyteller in the mold of Douglas Adams.” A website of Doug’s print and radio work, United Nations testimony, television appearances and TED Talk is at dougfine.com. Social media: @organiccowboy.

Self-Paced Courses

Eco-Ag U Online courses are self-paced. You can start the course immediately after registration, or wait until the time is right. These courses will not expire.

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From Our Students

Testimonials from early adopters at Eco-Ag U Online

'Very Powerful Learning'

Fabien Peulvast, United Kingdom, Premium Package Student

"Eco-Ag U Online from Acres U.S.A. offers an unparalleled learning system for new or experienced farmers. The teachers are world-class communicators and leading thinkers in their fields. The platform creates a very powerful learning management system, easy to access and very interactive, with clear course goals and how to achieve them. If you are just discovering the environment degradation from the use of chemicals in conventional farming or a farmer wanting to transition to regenerative practices, the premium package is guaranteed to help you put together your first ecological farm plan."

'A Wealth of Knowledge'

Bianca Mallia, 2020 Healthy Soil Summit Replay Student

"Wow! A 28-minute video so compact with a wealth of knowledge, I had to pause and rewind a few times to take notes, and it took me an hour or so to complete. Thank you Glen. I am so excited to go ahead and do some soil tests in the near future!"