Boost Your Bookkeeping Skills

Are you a beginning farmer? Or are you a current farmer with the desire to switch to an online accounting system? Then our quick guide to Quickbooks is for you:

QuickBooks for Farmers
September 23 – November 1, 2019

Webinars on Monday Evenings

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST

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This course is an introduction to QuickBooks, designed to provide an overview of the QuickBooks Pro software application. It will cover the basic features, such as sales tax, inventory, invoicing, adjustments, and year-end procedures. Students will gain hands-on experience in the concepts presented, as well as guidance on applying the concepts to their own farm.

After competing the 6-week course, including hands-on practice, students will:
• Show proficiency in setting up chart of accounts, item lists, customer lists and vendor lists
• Be able to track income, whether using invoices or not
• Be able to track expenses
• Know what reports can be useful to them to monitor business finances
• Know year-end closing and other year-end procedures
• Know how to backup and restore data files

The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable, our online course platform. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the interface of the course for 6 weeks each year to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from presenters and ask questions in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing.

Meet the Instructors:

Bonnie Collins is a resource educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County, with responsibilities in farm business management and the environmental touring teacher program. She has also operated an accounting business for nearly 30 years. She holds an MBA in technology management and a BPS in Accounting.

Steve Hadcock is a Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator with the Capital Area Agricultural and Horticulture Program who works with new and beginning farmers. He provides education on an individual and group basis to those interested in beginning a farm and for those who have been farming for less than 10 years.

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Tuesdays: September 24 – October 29, 2019
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Overview of Online Courses

The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce that our suite of online courses has moved to a new, more user-friendly platform. Now registrants have permanent, year-round access to their course content. The tiered pricing, based on household size and income level, makes access to the courses more equitable.

Our program offers more than 20 online courses to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. These courses cover a range of technical and business topics any farmer needs to succeed.

Experienced farmers and extension educators guide students through about six-week-long courses that include weekly live webinars, videos, and resources. From the comfort of your own home, connect with instructors and other farmers and access all the content at a flexible pace. If you aren’t able to attend the webinars in real-time, they are always recorded for later viewing.

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