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Fearless Farm Finances Training

November 15th & 16th (La Crosse, WI) & December 6th & 7th (East Troy, WI)

Grants available for this workshop – Apply today!

Badgerland Financial, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service and University of Wisconsin-Extension recently announced that they are offering a three-day training session titled “Fearless Farm Finances” for farmers interested in learning about farm financial management. The workshop will be held November 15 & 16 in La Crosse, WI and repeated December 6 & 7 in East Troy, WI. A follow-up program for anyone attending either 2-day workshop will be held January 10 in Prairie du Sac, WI.

The cost for the three-day training is $125. An organic lunch will be featured on Friday and organic breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

A short and easy grant application to cover the tuition for this workshop is available at www.badgerlandfinancial.comIf you need help or have questions please contact Sandy Andrews, sandrews@michaelfields.org .

Those who love to farm may not also love the record keeping and accounting that is so important to managing their farm’s success. But careful tracking, analyzing and understanding the numbers are critical in helping producers assess how their farms are doing and where improvements can be made. This Fearless Farm Finances Training is planned for both beginning farmers and for established farmers who desire a better understanding of the financial aspects of their farms. The training will help attendees become comfortable with the basics of farm financial management and understand how it can help them achieve and increase profitability.

This program will be a dynamic, interactive session led by four experienced teachers with diverse farm finance backgrounds: Chris Blanchard, consultant and educator through Flying Rutabaga Works; Craig Chase, farm management program specialist at Iowa State University Extension; Paul Dietmann, emerging market specialist at Badgerland Financial and Jody Padgham, small-scale farmer and financial manager at MOSES.

“Farm financial management isn’t as tough as it may seem but many farmers are intimidated by tracking and working with numbers,” says Paul Dietmann. “Learning the basics in this training will take away the fear and uncertainty and help farmers make more informed decisions about their farm businesses.”

Topics covered over the two days will include: setting your farm financial goals; understanding your farm through the standard reports of income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows; using enterprise budgets; data collection, budgeting and monitoring; and understanding profitability. There will be significant time allocated for questions and discussion. Participants will receive a copy of the companion book,

“Fearless Farm Finances; Farm Financial Management Demystified,” published by MOSES in 2012.

The Fearless Farm Finances training will be held at the Best Western Riverfront Hotel in La Crosse, WI on November 15-16 and at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute on December 6-7. The follow-up meeting will be held at Badgerland Financial in Prairie du Sac, WI.

To view the program schedule and register online, CLICK HERE .  OR call the MOSES office at 715-778-5775 or Sandy Andrews at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute at 262-642-3303 x100 for questions.  Click here for the Fearless Farm Finances Training brochure/registration form.