Successful Pork Producers at WPX, IDEAAg Conference, "The FarmCPA" at User Conference, FFSC Conference, How You Spell "Vendor" May Spell "Trouble"
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 FarmSMART                                                       June 2013 

In this Issue:

Successful Pork Producers at WPX

 IDEAAg Interconnectivity Conference

"The FarmCPA" at FBS User Conference

FFSC Annual Conference

July Free Webinars

Q&A:  How You Spell "Vendor" May Spell "Trouble"

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Welcome (Back) Brett  

 We're pleased and excited to introduce Brett McCrory as Chief Analyst for FBS Systems, Inc. After serving as avionics technician in the US Marine Corps, Brett completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Business Economics at Western Illinois University and applied his knowledge as actuarial systems analyst at State Farm Insurance, Bloomington, Illinois.  

Brett will serve dual roles in both his family's farm corporation and FBS that immerse him in front-line farm management decision-making as well as information technology (not to mention sorting hogs!).  

As Brown's Forest Home Farms' Chief Information Officer he'll be in charge of marketing and risk management, swine production reporting and analysis, precision farming data and analysis, and cost and financial accounting.  

At FBS Brett will be working directly with clients in designing and testing new modules, software improvements and new modules. He will also use his SQL experience in software coding, internal database maintenance and managing the Farm SeRVey SQL Dashboard as well as contributing to the FBS website, blog, newsletter and seminar training.  

All of our great ideas come from our users.  Brett will serve as your "conduit" from vision to reality.   If you'd like to introduce yourself or share ideas, you can reach Brett at 800.437.7638 / Ext. 111 

This month in FarmSmart:



Successful Pork Producers Show Their Faces At WPX

The twenty-fifth anniversary of World Pork Expo provided an opportunity to catch up with FBS Users from across the nation. 

Thanks so much for coming!  Your pictures are back from the "drug store." 

WPX Attendees

WPX Partners

WPX Couples WPX Generations  


IDEAAg Conference

 Please join us in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 26-27 for the IDEAAg Interconnectivity Conference

  • Why attend the 2013 IDEAg Interconnectivity Conference?
  • Comprehensive information on the latest interconnectivity technologies.   
  • Networking opportunities with key industry leaders, technology companies and other producers.  
  • Information about the leading products for the interconnected farm from sponsors like John Deere, Slingshot by Raven and more.  
  • Presentations and discussion with industry experts 

Who should attend? 

Cash grain, livestock and dairy producers interested in learning more about new communications technologies that can make their operations more efficient through wireless data collection, sharing and analysis. Interconnectivity is the next step in smart farming technology. 

For more information or to register, click here.


Paul Neiffer
"The FarmCPA" To Headline FBS User Conference

The "FarmCPA" from Farm Journal's Top Producer magazine will be presenting the latest Farm Financial Standards accounting recommendations from the at the 2013 FBS User ConferencePaul Neiffer is an Agribusiness Certified Public Accountant and business advisor specializing in income taxation and accounting services related to farmers and processors.  He is also principal of the AgriBusiness Group with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP and is experienced in helping farmers set up specialized computerized accounting systems for use in their operations and provides guidance on the use of accrual accounting for management purposes while maintaining the cash method for tax purposes. 

In addition to his monthly column in Top Producer, Neiffer maintainsThe FarmCPA blog. 

A member of the Farm Financial Standards Council, Paul has been active on the Technical Committee which recently completed a draft of guidelines for accounting for hedges.  He will be presenting an in-depth workshop on applying these principles in FBS Software at the FBS User Conference. 

This year's Conference will be held on August 28-29 at the River's Bend Conference Center in Moline, Illinois.  Click here to select from a list of potential topics and pre-register.

Also, If you'd like to participate in the crop or pork cost of production studies contact John McNutt at the Latta, Harris, Hanon and Penningroth, Tipton, Iowa, (563)886-2187.   

Finally, if you're willing to make a presentation at the User Conference on how you're using FBS Software to manage more effectively, please contact by July 5th toqualify for a free registration

Farm Financial Standards
Still Time To Register for FFSC Annual Conference 
If you're interested in delving into the accounting theory behind the applications we teach at FBS or you'd like to use your expertise to guide agriculture then you're invited to the Farm Financial Standards Council's annual conference in Bloomington, Minnesota, on July 31-August 1 (which will include a Minnesota Twins outing at Target Field).
For more information, please contact the Farm Financial Standards Council.  Registration deadline is July 8 for the game, July 12 for the conference.
July Free Webinars
A/P Reports and Options, July1.Webinar Computer
A/P Reports and Options, July 8.
Keeping Up To Date With FBS, July 15.
Using Journal and Adjustment Entries, July 22.
Attendees' Choice, July 29
All webinars run between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm CDT. 

To register, e-mail by 12:00 pm CDT on the day of the webinar.
Q&A of the Month--How You Spell "Vendor" May Spell "Trouble"
Sarah Dixon
Sarah Dixon, FBS Technical Services Manager.

 Q.   I change the spelling on one of my vendors, but it didn't update my old entries so now if I run a report for the new vendor the old entries don't show up.    

A. That's correct.  To get the old entries to show up you will need to open the entries and re-save them with the new/corrected vendor. Otherwise the program will treat them like two different vendors. Note that this can create serious issues if you are using the Accounts Payable and/or Accounts Receivable modules so if their names change create a new vendor.



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