The Heart of the Farm-Women in Agriculture and the Jackson County University of Wisconsin-Extension are sponsoring a bookkeeper’s workshop for women in agriculture. Bookkeepers’ Boot Camp will be held on Thursday, Sept. 23, in Black River Falls, Wis.

The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.

Topics and speakers include:

  • The How and Why of Managing Farm Records, Kay Wiemer, senior farm accounting specialist, Badgerland Financial. This session will help you understand what records to keep, how long to keep them, and how to organize them for your taxes and your lender.
  • Insurance and FSA Bookkeeping Requirements, Julie Dokkestul, executive director, Jackson County Farm Service Agency. Julie will discuss the types of information and bookkeeping necessary for government programs administered through FSA.
  • What Financial Record Keeping Can Do for Your Bottom Line, Trisha Wagner, agriculture agent, Jackson County UW-Extension. You know you need to keep records for taxes, for the lender, and government programs, but why do you keep records for yourself? Trisha will discuss how the analysis of good records and resulting management decisions can improve your bottom line.
  • Recordkeeping Options, Joy Kirkpatrick, outreach specialist, Center for Dairy Profitability. This session will cover what a record system is, basic needs for record keeping systems, different formats, types and where to find more information. Both computer and ledger options will be discussed.
  • Luncheon Speaker, Molly Hoffman of Molly’s Rude Awakening Coffee House, Black River Falls. Molly’s Rude Awakening is really three businesses owned by Molly Hoffman. They are a coffee hut (or The Hut); Funktional Junktion (or Funky Junk) a gift shop; and The Loony Bin, a beer and wine lounge with music every Friday night. Molly will talk about the coffee she provided for the meeting and how she developed her three businesses.

Jackson County UW-Extension and the Jackson County Farm Service Agency office are local sponsors of this workshop. Because of their sponsorship the registration fee is only $10 per person. Registrations are due by Sept. 16.

More information.

Source: University of Wisconsin