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January 2020

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Financial wizards Paul Neiffer and Curt Covington answer questions at the Farm Futures Ag Finance Boot Camp.

David Kohl FFS20

Professor David Kohl previews megatrends at the Farm Futures Business Summit.

Dear Friend,

This is the time of year to refocus from working in your business to working on your business.   FBS helped sponsor three outstanding business-focused events this month:  the Farm Futures Xchange, the Farm Futures Ag Finance Boot Camp, and the Farm Futures Business Summit.   Some of the most rewarding times at these events are the 1:1 networking with producers.

That networking opportunity will continue with the two huge national trade shows and conference coming up in February. 

In this month's newsletter:

  • Winter Trade Show Calendar. 
  • National Farm Machinery Show introduces new policies and Technologies.
  • The Wall Street Journal Quotes FBS User.
  • Balance Sheet and Schedule F Updates.


Winter Trade Show/Seminar Calendar

Show Date Location Booth
National Farm Machinery Logo
February 12-15 Louisville, KY 1009
Commodity Classic2016
February 27-29 San Antonio, TX 224

FBS will be exhibiting at these outstanding national events.  Click on the logos for more information or follow the links below.

National Farm Machinery Show Introduces New Registration Policies and Technologies

You Now Must Register To Enter the Show

Starting this year, all attendees must register to enter the National Farm Machinery Show exhibit halls.  Avoid the lines and preregister now by clicking on this link.


How to Locate FBS in Louisville

As Ed Sullivan used to say, "It's a really big shoe."  With 27 acres under roof, 890 exhibits, and 300,000 attendees the National Farm Machinery Show is by far the largest indoor farm show in North America.

Fortunately there are two easy ways to locate the FBS booth, which is open 9 am to 6 pm Wednesday, February 12 through Saturday, February 15.



You'll find the FBS booth #1009 in the West Hall.


Click here to view the FBS booth description or download "NFMS Events" from your App Store.


FBS Users in the News

The January 18, 2020, The Wall Street Journal story, "The Dog That Didn't Bark:  What Soybean Prices Say About Trade Deal," turned to Iowa soybean farmer Scott Henry for his perspective on the $32 billion agreement with China.  Henry is "looking to invest in farmland  because he's optimistic about the sector with trade disputes receding.  'We think the buying opportunity is now,' he said.  Still, he harbors some skepticism that China will follow through on its commitments after months of back-and-forth negotiations.
'Let's see that first ship go to China,' he said."

Q&A:  Getting Balance Sheet and Schedule F Updates

Q.  I'm having a couple of issues.  First, my January 1 beginning balances are doubling up, and every time I recreate them it doubles them again so I have the beginning balance in 4 times!  Also my 2019 Schedule F Report is not printing any descriptions. I've checked for updates but I am still having issues.

Sarah 2019Sarah Dixon,FBS Support Coordinator
A.  You're on the right track by checking for updates.  The beginning balance issue was a problem in January 2019 and was fixed that month as well.  The Schedule F for 2019 was released in November 2019, and that release will display the correct descriptions on the report.  However, if you're still experiencing these issues and have been going to Utilities>Check for Updates that means that your FBS software isn’t current enough to get these updates.

This is an issue we had in December 2018-January 2019 when we switched web servers.  We sent out a series of emails as well as putting a notice in the Notification Window of FBS that there was a special file you needed to download and run.  Emails and the Notification Window included links to download the file that allows you to properly get updates and fix the issues you are experiencing. 

Version 11.3 Patch

The link to the file is still in the Notification Window so you can click on that link, run the patch, then go to Check for Updates to complete the update process.  If the link doesn’t work for you contact support, and we can connect to your computer and run the patch and updates.

Next Month:  Report from Commodity Classic in San Antonio
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