October 7, 2011

Specialty Crop Institute offers accounting seminar for small farm owners.

The Business of Farming: WNC QuickBooks Workshop Can Assist

Hoophouse farming extends the growing season.
Hoophouse farming extends the growing season.

Western Nevada College's Specialty Crop Institute will offer a QuickBooks workshop to help small farm owners learn accounting fundamentals. "QuickBooks Accounting for the Small Farm" meets Friday-Saturday, Oct. 7-8, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at WNC Fallon campus, 160 Campus Way. Cost is $85 when registering before Friday, Sept. 30, and $95 after September 30. Lunch is included. Space is limited, and early enrollment is encouraged.

Participants will learn to set up and use QuickBooks software to keep track of farm finances, and generate reports and data for business planning and farm management. QuickBooks software will be actively used during the workshop, with time for questions/answers throughout, in an interactive learning environment.

A QuickBooks handbook will be provided, and attendees will have the option of purchasing the software at a discounted price.

The workshop will be led by Marie Gibson, Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor, university instructor, and member of Intuit's National Speaker/Writer Network. She brings more than 25 years of business experience, and is a professional educator, speaker and author. Gibson comes from a ranching family in Northern California, and holds degrees in Animal Science, Agricultural Economics and Business Administration.

"There are multiple reasons why farmers should use computerized recordkeeping," she said. "With records and reports at their fingertips, QuickBooks users can make management decisions without guessing about income or loss."
The WNC Specialty Crop Institute is an innovative program that teaches alternative farming methods. Funding for this project was provided by the Nevada Department of Agriculture and USDA/AMS through the Specialty Crop Block Grant.

For information/registration, contact Ann Louhela at 775-351-2551 or louhelaa@wnc.edu.

Press Release: September 1, 2011

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