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 December 2022

Manger  Tomb 
From feeding trough... to empty tomb.

Dear Friend,

The manger in Luke 2:7 was likely carved out of stone--the most readily available material in the rugged hills of Bethlehem.  Thirty-three years later that same body was buried in a stone tomb 5 miles away--but for only 3 days!

And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.  For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Colossians 1:18-20


Here's what's new:

  • Time to check your version.
  • "Taming the Beast" video.
  • Read our December blog posts.
  • Winter trade show calendar.
  • How to make your tax prep go smoothly. 



Time To Check Your Version

Twenty twenty-two has been a productive year for our development team, involving 3 software versions:

Version 11.7 was released to all FBS clients on April 29th of this year, and is available through download, disc, or AgCompass.  We have contacted all registered users via email or First Class mail.  If you have not received your upgrade contact or 800.437.7638 / Extension 105.

Version 11.8 was released on October 19th for all MASA members.  It's available primarily as a download; however you can order a disc copy for q $30 service fee.  Contact Sarah at or 800.437.7638 / Extension 100 to schedule your installation.

Version 12.1 (SQL) will be rolled out in 2023, but you can lock in 2022 prices by ordering by December 30th.  Contact or call 800.437.7638 / Extension 103.
To verify your current version look in the upper-left corner of the FBS Home screen.

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"Taming the Beast" Video

Direct from the 2022 FBS/MASA Ag Software Success Summit, here's a video hosted by consultants Daryl Ellis, John McNutt, and Norm Brown that explains how to prepare for and unleash the power from your FBS farm management accounting system.

Read Our December Blog Posts

Blog December with boarder


We often discuss the different types of accounting used by agricultural accountants. A good portion of farm accounting, especially early on, was...



’Tis the season to toil over financial statements. For nearly every business, the end of the year signals not just end of Q4 reporting but also end...



When it comes to farming, much of what you do is about timing. Often, it doesn’t feel like there’s much time to make decisions, the seasons seem to...


Winter Trade Show Calendar

Here are the BIG shows that FBS/MASA is scheduled to attend:

Show Date Location Booth
Iowa_Pork_Congress January 25-26 Des Moines, IA 302
National Farm Machinery Logo

February 15-18


Louisville, KY

Commodity Classic2016
March 9-11 Orlando, FL 2431 


Q&A:  How to Make Your Tax Prep Go Smoothly

Q.  What can I do to make the tax prep go smoothly?

A.  There are for sure a few things you can do to make the tax prep less stressful!  Here are a couple of hints:

1. Know what folder your data files are in!  So many people call in a panic that their data is gone, 100% of the time something has updated on the computer or the cache was cleared and it is not defaulting to the correct data directory. 

Sarah 2019

Sarah Dixon, FBS Support Coordinator (800.437.7638/extension 100). 

So today go and open FBS.  Stop on the first screen that says select company and make a note (write it down on a sticky note or take a picture) of where your data is saved!

Data folder

In this picture my data path is C:\FBswin11.7\Data. Having this saved somewhere allows you to quickly check to see that you are in the correct directory and if you aren’t you can navigate to the correct path!

2. Backup your data!  Nothing could be worse than a computer crash at tax time, EXCEPT a computer crash without a data backup!  Even if you have a backup service I still recommend making a backup through FBS and having it available.  To do this go to Utilities>Save Data and browse to where you want to save your data (thumb drive is good, external or cloud drive is even better).


Then you will have to check the boxes that apply!  You must have Setup, Accounting and Save ALL years checked.

3. Run the User Defined Report for the entire year and check the box at the top right to Print undefined entries.  Any entries that show up have an error and need to be fixed to have accurate accounting records.


If you do run into an issue take a deep breath and contact us at support. It is a busy time for us but we will get back to you as soon as possible and have you up and going in no time!

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