Beyond The Basics: Farm Record Keeping for Women starts January 27

After several years of financial gains in agriculture, the future is more uncertain. Does your farm operation sit on a solid base, prepared to weather a storm, or are you floating along unaware of your position? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Cass County is hosting a program for local farm women to learn the details of farm financial management and ways to determine a farm’s financial stability, starting January 27 in Atlantic.  
Moving Beyond the Basics: Farm Record Keepingis a four-week program that addresses practical farm financial management in an interactive setting. Focusing on financial management skills such as farm recordkeeping, financial statements, and analysis tools, the program is modeled after Annie’s Project for Farm and Ranch Women, empowering farm women to be better business partners through networking and by managing and organizing critical information. Moving Beyond the Basics provides women who participate the opportunity to evaluate record keeping systems and experience accounting software in a hands-on, open discussion format. Knowing the resources available for analyzing financial position also helps participants better plan for periods of low prices and farm income fluctuation.
Moving Beyond the Basicswill be offered at the Cass County Extension office in Atlantic on Mondays from 6-9 p.m. starting January 27th. The program will run for four consecutive weeks. Registration fee is $50 for all four sessions, including all course materials and a light dinner before each session. Course size is limited, so interested participants are encouraged to register before the January 24th deadline to ensure their participation. Registration brochure can be downloaded and printed using the link below, or picked up at the Cass County Extension Office.
For local farm women who would like to a broader overview of farm financial and risk management, Adair County Extension will be hosting the original Annie's Project in Greenfield, starting on February 6th, 2014. This six-week course is designed especially for farm women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their farms. Sessions include brief presentations, discussions focused on the participants' questions, and computer training to use spreadsheets. Topics include understanding market terminology, interpreting financial statements, and estate planning tools. For more information, visit or call (641)743-8412.
These programs have been developed through a grant from the North Central Risk Management Education Center and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information , contact the Cass County Extension office at 712-243-1132 or e-mail Kate Olson at
Beyond the Basics 2014 Registration Brochure

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