Quickbooks training for agricultural producers to be held

JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program is excited to announce that they will be offering a workshop series entitled “QuickBooks Training for Agricultural Producers” throughout the month of October.

“QuickBooks Training for Agricultural Producers” will be offered on Tuesday evenings (Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The series will be held at the Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Campus, in Computer Lab 109 in the Carnahan Center. The course will be instructed by Farm Credit East financial services professionals, Lindsay Eckman and Shannon Mardino. Participants will receive a tailored in-person course, electronic documents for future reference, and a binder filled with the nights’ presentations.

“This will be an opportunity for agricultural producers regardless of size, years in business, and production practices to learn how to use QuickBooks to track their farm’s financial records,” invited Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County. “This is an incredible opportunity to get really high quality education through a hands-on, real-time course at an affordable prices thanks to our many sponsors of the program.”

This course is offered through the L.E.A.F. (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) program and has a value upwards of $800 per participant, but thanks to the sponsorship of Farm Credit East, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County, and the Small Business Association, the actual cost to participants is only $150.

Registration is required by Sept. 27, but is limited to the first 15 farms. To register, or for more information, contact Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management Educator, at 664-9502 ext. 202 or kaw249@cornell.edu. Course cost is $150 per farm. Scholarships are available upon request.

This course, geared to those farm businesses with little to no experience using QuickBooks, will cover many different topics including: Company Preferences, Chart of Accounts, Vendors, Customers, Deposits, Sales Receipts, Checks, Printing Checks, Capital Purchases and Liabilities, Cash Entries, Reports, Saving a Backup, Short Cuts, Reconciling a Checking Account, Payroll, and more! QuickBooks is a financial accounting software that many farms in our area choose to use as a method of record-keeping, which is an important aspect of operating a successful farm business.

The L.E.A.F. (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) Workshop Series is open to the general public, including homesteaders, beginning farmers, established farmers looking to diversify and grow, agriculture enthusiasts, and everyone in between! The 2017-2018 Workshop Series will feature more than 20 workshops to be held in October, November, and December of 2017 and February and March of 2018. This season’s L.E.A.F. Program is made possible through the generous support of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. This specific training is also funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact SBDC at JCC to make arrangements. Services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

The L.E.A.F. Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua) in line with the County’s 20/20 Comprehensive Plan. CCE-Chautauqua is a community-based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.