‘Computerized Farm Record Keeping Workshop’ offered


Are you a farmer looking for a better way to keep your farm records? As farm size, income or debt increases, many farmers and lenders look for computer programs that allow fast data entry, have internal checks for accuracy and allow summarizing of data. Most farmers begin their search by asking “Is there a simple computer program that will keep my records like the farm account books?”

If so, plan on attending OSU Extension’s “Computerized Farm Record Keeping Workshop using Quicken” on Feb. 9 and 16 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Champaign County Community Center’s Conference Room B, 1512 S. U.S. Route 68, Urbana.

Quicken® software was selected as it is a simple cash system. It’s popular with farmers due to the ease of data entry and its low price of $75 to $100. This single-entry system is essentially an electronic checkbook. It allows users to record transactions of both the farm and family, to track loans, write checks, reconcile the checkbook with the bank statement, and quickly create reports for financial and tax purposes. This workshop will use the data from an “example farm.” Learn how to set up accounts, categorize income and expenses, run tax reports, and prepare farm production reports. This workshop is for participants who are familiar with keyboarding and using a computer mouse. It is a medium-paced workshop and covers a variety of farming examples to maximize the learning experience. The instructor is Bruce Clevenger, OSU Extension Educator, Defiance County.

Participants will learn about Quicken® using an OSU Computer Lab provided during workshop with Quicken® software installed. A workshop manual/home reference will be provided. Registration is $75 per farm business (Maximum 2 people per farm). Space is limited to 10 workstations. Registration is due no later than February 2, 2017. More information about the class can be obtained by calling the Champaign County Extension office at 937-484-1526. A registration flyer can be found at http://go.osu.edu/agevents. Light refreshments will be provided.

By Amanda Douridas and Bruce Clevenger

Extension of Champaign and Defiance Counties

Submitted by OSU Extension, Champaign County.

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