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"Becoming a farm CEO," an interview with Dick Wittman

Posted by Norman Brown on Sat, Feb 02, 2019 @ 05:47 PM

"What is the value of this kind of information if I can get it delivered to me in a more integrated fashion?" 

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Tags: Dick Wittman, farm financial standards council, TEPAP, QuickBooks for agriculture, farm financial software, farm management accounting, farm enterprise analysis, accrual accounting

2019 Farm Financial Standards Guidelines Released

Posted by Norman Brown on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 @ 02:12 PM

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Tags: farm financial standards council, farm financial reporting, Farm Financial Standards, farm financial statements

Join us at the Farm Futures Business Summit

Posted by Norman Brown on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 @ 08:27 AM

 

Learn new farm management and marketing skills and network with other producers from around the country at the 2019 Farm Futures Business Summit

What practices should you change to improve your business? What habits should you break? Here’s an opportunity to learn how to make the necessary changes to stay on top of your business goals. You’ll get ideas that you can’t wait to implement – just one idea you get from this conference can pay you back in business benefits!

Over the course of two intense days (with some entertainment!) we’ll gather together for a series of keynotes, panel discussions and interactive power sessions that will make farm management come to life. Mingle with experts from across the country as they offer advice and answer questions.

We’ll give you solid ideas on everything from high-level grain marketing to the key business practices that will help you make more money in 2019. Plus, you’ll be networking with some of the best farmers on the planet. 

The 2019 Farm Futures Business Summit takes place Jan. 24-25, 2019 at the Coralville Marriott Conference Center and Hotel just outside of Iowa City, Iowa. This event promises to help you think outside the box as you manage the ever-increasing complexity of today’s farm operations.   FBS Systems is one of the sponsors and will host a display throughout the conference.

For more information or to register click here.

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Tags: cash or accrual, farm financial standards council, integrated farm software, agricultural managerial accounting, farm management accounting

Integrating Ag Technology Data with Financial and Managerial Accounting

Posted by Norman Brown on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 @ 12:31 PM

The following is a summary of a presentation entitled "Financial and Management Accounting Software--Developments, Implementation Challenges, and Integration Issues" made in July 2018  to the Farm Financial Standards Council Annual Conference in Champaign, Illinois.

Over the next few blog posts we’ll attempt to answer these questions:

  • What do we do that’s unique?
  • Who do we work for?
  • What are the current technical tools of the trade?
  • How we can support and leverage the Standards?
  • What are the challenges to adoption?
  • What are the opportunities for agricultural producers?

What We Do That’s Unique

FBS's mission statement is Integrated Information Systems (what we do) for Agriculture’s Top Managers (who we work for).

Let’s begin with who we “work for.”  FBS users are among the most progressive, demanding and complex farming operations in North America.  You'll find examples of them nearly every month in the "FBS Users In the News" stories.  These operations are managing diverse enterprises, and all are constantly growing in scale and accounting sophistication. Many are nationally-recognized leaders in their fields and some have be selected for awards such as Farm Journal Top Producer of the Year.

What’s the big deal about integration?

If you’re like many growing, progressive producers your scale and complexity are working against you because this vital information is housed in separate “silos” consisting of unconnected accounting and production software supplemented by countless spreadsheets.

These information silos exist to accomplish specific information goals:

  • Cash accounting for taxes.
  • Accrual accounting to accurately measure true profitability.
  • Production records for insurance compliance and to evaluate best management practices.
  • Inventory control to verify what’s available to sell and what’s been used.
  • Cost/management accounting to determine your farm’s internal costs and margins.
  • Budgeting to financially project your operation into the future.
  • Benchmarking to standardize and compare your performance  with industry leaders.
  • And ownership accounting to automate and consolidate your complex business relationships.

Although each of these information silos share the same source data they appear to be incompatible in their timing and precision.  For example:

  • Cash and accrual accounting rely on different transactions in the same time period

  • Crop and livestock production cycles rarely correspond to calendar years.

  • Financial accrual adjustments don't tie out to field and group production/management level detail.

    Next time we’ll look at the current “technical tools of the trade” that address these problems.  Meanwhile we invite you to watch our introductory "Farm Software Success Through FBS" video

 
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Tags: cash or accrual, farm financial standards council, integrated farm software, agricultural managerial accounting, farm management accounting

Farm Industry News Identifies Ag Accounting Trend

Posted by Norman Brown on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 @ 11:35 AM

"If you’re struggling with a main street accounting program today, it might be time to reach out to a higher-level, farm-focused program for your business."  So says Editor Willie Vogt in the April 2017 Farm Industry News cover story, "Raising Your Accounting Game."

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Tags: accrual accounting, ag software, farm management accounting, Quick Books, integrated production and financial software, farm accounting, farm financial reporting

Crop Benchmarks Reveal "It's the Overhead"

Posted by Norman Brown on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 08:50 AM

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Tags: cost accounting

Objections to Growth Path Farm Accounting

Posted by Norman Brown on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 @ 08:30 AM


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Tags: farm management accounting, farm financial statements, accrual accounting, farm financial reporting, cash or accrual, agricultural inventories, enterprise analysis, cost analysis

Accounting Method B: "Farmer's Shortcut"

Posted by Norman Brown on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @ 03:43 PM


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Tags: accrual accounting, cash or accrual, agricultural inventories, ag software, farm accounting, enterprise analysis, integrated production and financial software, growth path accounting, cost analysis

Farm Accounting Method ABC: "Mountaintop Managerial Experience"

Posted by Norman Brown on Mon, Jan 05, 2015 @ 01:34 PM

In prior installments in this series, we covered the two key questions in the Growth Path Accounting Decision Tree.  This month we continue tracing the accounting results from these decisions.

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Tags: cost accounting, Farm Financial Standards, accrual accounting, agricultural managerial accounting, agricultural inventories, ag software, farm accounting, enterprise analysis, integrated production and financial software, integrated farm software, cost analysis

Growth Path Farm Accounting Method A

Posted by Norman Brown on Thu, Nov 06, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

In prior installments in this series, we covered the two key questions in the Growth Path Accounting Decision Tree.  This month we continue tracing the accounting results from these decisions.

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Tags: managerial accounting, farm management accounting, farm accountant, accrual accounting, farm financial reporting, cash or accrual, farm inventories, agricultural inventories, ag software, agricultural software, farm accounting, cost analysis