2013 User Conference Photo Highlights and Links to Videos, Conference for Ag Consultants,Users In the News, Identifying a "Mystery Invoice"
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 FarmSMART                                             September 2013 

In this Issue:

2013 User Conference Photo Highlights and Links to Videos

The Conference for Ag Consultants

FBS Users In the News

Q&A:  Identifying a "Mystery Invoice"
Sarah Dixon
Sarah Dixon, FBS Technical Services Manager.



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Just wanted to send a quick note to let you know we had a great time at User Conference.  The location was great, the accommodations were great, the seminars were great and the networking with industry leaders, other users, and FBS staff was fantastic.  For me, it gave me confidence that over time we can use FBS as the financial tool we were hoping for when we purchased.   

Thanks to all of you at FBS for a great conference.  Please share my note of thanks.  

Melissa Prouty

Veldhuizen Farms LLC

 We certainly appreciate the feedback from Melissa and all who helped make the 2013 FBS Farm Computer User Conference a learning experience. 

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2013 User Conference Photo Highlights


 Here are a few scenes from the FBS User Conference at the Stoney Creek Inn, Moline, Illinois on August 28-29, 2013.



General Session 2
"What's New, Upcoming and Unexpected" opening session.
User Forum
Starting the networking process with introductions spanning 12 states and 2 provinces.
Paul Neiffer's Interactive
Paul Neiffer's Interactive "Data and the Farm" keynote.
Crop Cost of Production Panel
Moe Russell and John McNutt cover Crop Cost of Production Benchmarks.
Blake Hollis looks forward to new opportunities for Lanehaven Farms.
Looking Forward Panel
The Technology Integration Panel included progressive growers Blake Hollis and Bernard Peterson accompanied by Eric Jackson fromConservis.
Dining and networking while rolling down the Mississippi.
Getting Down to Business with Precision Farming Data
Brett McCrory and John Witter show growers how to get down to business with precision farming data.






                                                                                                Frost CPA Robert Wolfe was assisted remotely by client  Joe Dykhuis in explaining how to prepare FBS records for auditors.

Full Value Pig Model









 Elanco consultant Joe Gooding introduces "Full Value Pigs" to producers. 

Download User Conference Presentations and Video Here

For the past three years we've been archiving nearly every presentation made at the FBS User Conference as well as a few select videos on our website. Here are some of the selections currently available.  More will follow in the months to come: 

Re-cropped John Witter
Crop consultants and FBS staff explain how to get down to business with precision farming data.

Click here to view this  53-minute video inside look at how to access andmake decisions from the data you're already collecting in the field using both on-farm management systems like FBS and Big Data. 

Also click below to view slides of these presentations: 

What's New, Coming and Unexpected in FBS Versions 10.3 and 8.14.  

Making Precision Decisions in the Era of Big Data. 

Crop Cost of Production Benchmarks and Forecasts.
The 21st Century Office.

Getting Down to Business with Precision Farming Data 

FBS Basics and SOPs.

Customizing FBS Reports. 

Farm/Trust Manager Training

Importing/Exporting Data in FBS. 

Payroll Issues and Tips. 

Hedge Accounting. 

Producing What the Auditors Need. 

The Ultimate Request (Dykhuis Farms). 

Management Accounting Best Practices.

Pork Cost of Production Benchmarks.  

The Next Level of Tracking & Reporting.  

The Conference for Ag Consultants 
Muddy boots...
stomp into Washington DC.

A conference designed for all involved in agricultural consulting is being organized by the American Society of Agricultural Consultants. "This conference is designed for anyone and everyone involved with ag consulting," says Russell Morgan, CAC, chairman of the 2013 ASAC annual conference which is scheduled for October 20 - 22 in Alexandria, VA.  

Topics for the conference include: The changing role of ag consulting, communicating with clients, walking the tightrope between consulting and selling, where will the next generation of consultants come from, possible effects of immigration legislation on consulting, working with USDA and other federal agencies, and Where's the Money? Is it a love or is it a job?   

"We're calling it a 'Muddy Boots' conference and the program we have developed will appeal to anyone actively involved with ag consulting, no matter their professional discipline," Morgan explains. "We realize there are trade organizations that serve the various sectors of the industry and they have fine programs. Those tend to be narrowly focused and very specific to that particular part of agriculture. ASAC is different because our membership crosses over multiple professional disciplines

"The advantage professionals will have at the ASAC conference is thediversity of subjects covering the overall scope of consulting, particularly looking to the future. The opportunity to network with peers from other areas of the industry will be enormous as well," he adds. "We have over 40 professional disciplines represented in our membership; that leads to a lot of different conversations with the potential for cross-discipline collaboration."  

More information on the conference is available at www.agconsultants.com.

Early registration deadline is Friday, September 20th.

FBS Users In the News

Congratulations, Iowa grower Ray Gaessor, recently-elected president of the American Soybean Association, who will be succeeding the current ASA president, Mississippi grower Danny Murphy. 

Ohio pork producer, cattle feeder and row crop grower Pat Hord is featured in the September 2013 National Hog Farmer story, Making Manure an Asset. Hord Livestock is a truly integrated operation as the manure produced is both a cost center to enhance yields of corn and forages fed to their livestock and a profit center that delivers crop nutrients to their neighbors.

In the same issue of National Hog Farmer, another Ohio pork producer,Chuck Wildman, was pictured and quoted in the story, Pig Adventure Draws Consumers, Critics.  Pig Adventure, a new Indiana Breed-to-Wean agri-tourism destination associated with Fair Oaks Farms, provides pigs for Wildman and other producers.
October Free Webinars
Webinar Computer 
Oct. 7:  Tips for using A/P and A/R
Oct. 14: Using Scanner Interface options
Oct. 21: Year End procedures
All webinars run between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm CDT. 

To register, e-mailsupport@fbssystems.com by 12:00 pm CDT on the day of the webinar.
Q&A of the Month--Identifying a "Mystery Invoice"
Sarah Dixon
Sarah Dixon, FBS Technical Services Manager.

 Q.  When I go into A/R Money Received I show an outstanding invoice that I can't identify.  I've tried searching using the dollar amount in the Accounting Edit screen but still can't find it. How can I locate and view this Accounts Receivable entry?     

A. You cannot search on the dollar amount of any A/R or A/P invoice until after it is paid; before it is paid it always shows as zero dollars.  To find the entry in question you can do a couple of things:  

Search for unpaid A/R Invoices
The A/R Detail Report can be used to search for unpaid invoices.

1.  Run an A/R Detail Report for Unpaid Invoices (options 1 or 2), preferably specifying a Vendor in your search.  If you are unsure of when the invoice is dated make sure to leave your date range "wide open." 

TA+ Search screen for A/R Invoices
Using the Accounting Input/Edit Search.

 2.  If you believe the invoice is dated during the current calendar year you can also do an accounting Search under Input | General.  Leave the Date Range open for the entire year, select the Vendor and choose the Entry Type (i.e. R for Accounts Receivable) To make finding the invoice easier make note of the invoice number off of the A/R Money Received screen.

These same procedures can be used to find A/P entries as well! 


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