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Open Books Project | Enroll soon, orientations begin January 2018!

Open Books is an Angelic Organics Learning Center project designed to help non-commodity farmers master farm financial record keeping and analysis through real-world application. Farm financials are vital to the success of a farm business, but can be difficult to tackle without the proper training. With support from a group of farmer peers and professionals, Open Books helps farmers assess financial statements, organize their finances, and take control of their farm’s financial performance!

In Open Books participating farmers meet periodically to share business successes and challenges with one another over the course of 3 years. Participants learn how to use financial ratios and benchmarks to identify strengths and weaknesses of their businesses and to make management decisions that increase profit and improve quality of life.

Through the Open Books project, farmer participants will:
• Improve financial recordkeeping skills
• Learn how to use financial analysis tools to boost your bottom line
• Share financial challenges with other farmers in a confidential setting
• Receive referrals to business and financial professionals

Orientations are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

Northern Illinois Open Books Group & Orientation
Starved Rock Lodge | January 20th, 2018 | 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

Southern Wisconsin Open Books Group & Orientation
Monroe Library | January 27th, 2018 | 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

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