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November 2020

Turkey Chicks

This "turkey club" gathers for Thanksgiving.

Dear Friend,

FBS users are active in all phases of food value chain--from growing crops to producing beef, pork, poultry, milk, energy as well as partnering in food processing--all coming to or helping to deliver to a dinner table near you.

In this month's newsletter:

  • FBS/MASA Upgrade Schedule.
  • 2021 Trade Show Status. 
  • Online Training Resources.


FBS/MASA Upgrade Schedule

Thank you for trusting FBS software to manage your farms and businesses.  Our developers have been very busy in 2020, and we want to share some highlights and new opportunities for FBS customers and MASA owners.

  • Dr. Martin Traviolia and his All-American team have been working remotely since March and have enlisted an off-shore firm to help with their ambitious project to thoroughly modernize the FBS integrated software platform.

FBS Development Team
The FBS "All American" Development Team--Michael, Donald, Martin, David, and Greg--continue to work remotely to upgrade your FBS/MASA software.
  • You've already received the "first fruits' of their efforts expressed in Version 11.4, which include a refreshed user interface on the center and various crop setup screens and significant "under-the-hood" code and database changes to make your software more expandable, flexible, and compatible.
  • Version 11.5 will be arriving in Quarter 4 of this year for MASA members and in Quarter 1 of 2021 for all current FBS users.  This upgrade will convert additional accounting and feeding setup screens to the new user interface and open database format.
  • In Quarter 4 MASA members will also have access to a synchronized cloud-based SQL Server plus an API (Application Programing Interface) that will connect with allied vendors and third-party reporting tools, dashboards, and business intelligence systems such as Microsoft Power BI.  (See graphic below.)

Web API 11.5

  • In Quarter 2 of 2021 FBS users and MASA owners will receive Version 11.6, which will feature a full .NET version of TransAction Plus.

  • Version 11.7, to be released to in 2021 Quarter 4, will contain .NET versions of Crop Audit, Smart Feeder and LifeCycle Budget. 

  • You will have three options for maintaining your software license:

    • Wait and pay for your Version 11.6/11.7 upgrades in May at 2021 prices.

    • Lock in your Version 11.6/11.7 upgrades by December 31 at 2020 prices.

    • Become a MASA Member.

For more information on FBS/MASA software development we invite you to watch this video recorded at the 2020 Ag Software Success Summit or call us at 800.437.7638 or email  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We hope you are as excited about the future of your software as we are!

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2021Trade Show Status 

Here's the latest update on trade shows in 2021.  Note that some have been cancelled, some converted to virtual, some rescheduled and a few still on schedule.  Stay tuned!

Show Date Location Booth
Iowa_Pork_Congress January 27-28 Des Moines, IA TBD
Boot Camp 2020 June 22 (NEW DATE) Coralville, IA  
Summit 2020

June 23-24


Coralville, IA  
National Farm Machinery Logo
February 10-13 Louisville, KY 1009
Commodity Classic2016
First week in March
Virtual Format  


Q&A: Online Training Resources 

Q. Do you have any training resources on your website?

A Yes we do! We are building up our training materials again. We've put up the Powerpoints and some training videos from our most recent User Conference for you to view. We hope to add more throughout the year so please check back often!  If you were looking for something specific and were unable to find it please contact us at

or through the new Chat option on the website and we can set up training or find you additional training materials.

Meanwhile enjoy some of these "classic" FBS YouTube videos.

Sarah 2019

Sarah Dixon,FBS Support Coordinator

FBS "Classic" YouTube Videos

Get FBS Setup Right
Automated Data Entry
E-Filing 1099s
Basic Accounting Entry
The When, Why, and How of Accounting Entries
Essential Accounting Reports
Basic Crop Inputs, Reports and Imports
FBS Bells and Whistles
Maximizing Your Office Efficiency
Scanner Interface
Smart Feeder




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