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Termite Hill
Termites and Teamwork

Pillars like this one overlooking a western Kenyan sorghum field are the handiwork of millions of termites.  It's literally a chimney used to provide oxygen and regulate the temperature for the underground colony of these voracious cellulose-crunchers and the fungi that clean up after them. It's a remarkable example of "social networking" and problem-solving possible only through God's providential plan.


Now let's segue from insect instinct to human ingenuity.  We work with a remarkable cross-section of innovative crop growers, livestock producers and consultants.  Most of our contact with you is one-on-one analyzing your business and doling out knowledge and training one teaspoon at a time.  What would happen if we could bring together total strangers who share a common passion for excellence in agriculture?  What are the social networking possibilities from "cross-pollinating" strengths, experiences and technologies in order to get better together?


That's our goal for the FBS 2013 User Conference.  Here's what some of the attendees from last year's conference told us:


 "Awesome. Great growth. Very interactive!"
"A very informative seminar."
"Very good-great variety of topics-something for 
"A great place to exchange ideas and receive new 
information that can be implemented on the farm."
"Great to meet the staff and ask specific questions." 

These folks also provided us tips for making this year's conference even more valuable.  Please read the accompanying articles and consider joining us!


This month in FarmSmart: 
  • Our free, weekly one o'clock webinar addresses timely and time-saving tips for getting more done in 2013.      
  • The Q&A of the Month discusses alternatives for accessing your FBS data through the Internet.  
  • Read about how information gateways are cracking open in the Farm Management Software Blog. 


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2013 User Conference: Cultivate Data So You Can Harvest Knowledge




For better or worse, 2013 is the year that "big data" has popped above the horizon.  How can you harvest knowledge from the bounty of data on outside and inside of your farm and apply it to make timely, precision decisions?


That's the theme of this year's FBS User Conference, August 28-29 in Moline, Illinois.  We've summoned an unprecedented team of experts to help us apply new technology and best practices to accumulate and cultivate quality data within our operations, benchmark with your peers and manage your resources wisely.


Here's the current lineup of guest speakers and their topics:  


Paul Neifer   

Paul Neiffer,C.P.A., is an Agribusiness adviser with CliftonLarsonAllenLLP Agribusiness Group.  He is best known as "TheFarm CPA" with Farm Journal Top Producer.  Paul will be presenting the keynote address as well as breakout sessions covering Hedge Accounting recommendations from the Farm Financial Standards Council.



Moe Russell, M.B.A., is president of

Russell ConsultingGroup

and specializes in risk management, H.R. management, business planning and feasibility analysis. Moe will be covering 2012

Crop Cost of Production Benchmarks

and projections for 2013. 

Robert Wolfe


Robert Wolfe, C.P.A.., is Senior Audit Manager with Frost, PLLCLittle Rock, Arkansas.   Robert is engaged primarily in audit of food and agricultural clients and will be conducting a breakout session on Producing What Auditors Need Through FBS Accounting. 



John McNutt 

John McNutt, M.B.A., is past president of the National Pork Producers Council and a business analyst and consultant with the CPA firm Latta, Harris, Hanon & Penningroth, LLP.   John will be presenting the Crop and Pork Cost of Production Benchmarks and will explain how to set up and track Multiple Accounting Entities.


Jack Mack  

Jack Makowski, M.B.A., serves as Vice President Sales and Marketing at Conservis, which provides mobile cloud-based tools for tracking crop inputs and grain movements that integrate with FBS Software.  Jack will participate in the "Looking Forward" Panel.



Joe Gooding  

Joe Gooding, M.S., serves as Swine Analytics Consultant with Elanco focusing on value added services for customer production
and marketing data.  Joe will be presenting a breakout session on Managing Marketing Data & Variation to Achieve Full Value Pigs.




Blake Hollis  

Blake Hollis, M.B.A., is a Northeast Iowa corn, soybean and hog producer at Lanehaven Farmswhich embraces leading edge practices and technology to systematically standardize, flawlessly execute and continuously improve processes. Blake will share his experiences and goals in the "Looking Forward" Panel.


Bernard Peterson  

Bernard Peterson is partner in Peterson Farms, a 13,000 acre Kentucky family business with roots that go back to the 1700's.  He will describe his operation's ongoing quest for better management information and control in the "Looking Forward" Technology Integration Panel. 




In addition to the guest speakers, FBS staff members will be conducting these plenary and breakout sessions:

  • What's Coming in FBS Software.
  • Making Precision Decisions in the Era of Big Data.  
  • Standard Operating Procedures. 
  • Going Paperless.
  • Tapping Into Electronic Crop Data.
  • Customizing Financial Reports.
  • FBS Basics.
  • Better Ways of Viewing and Interpreting Your Data. 
  • Farm/Trust Manager Software.
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Learn how other users are managing more effectively through new technology.


The FBS User Conference also includes these informal networking forums:

  • New User/Experienced User Idea Exchange.
  • Lunches and breaks.
  • Mississippi dinner cruise.  
Prime rib on the Mississippi.
Prime time and prime rib on the Mississippi.

Regardless of your business focus or experience level with FBS, you'll benefit from this unique, once-a-year conference:

  • New users will learn tips and procedures directly from FBS staff and experienced users to make their adoption smoother.
  • Experienced users will enhance their effectiveness through sharing solutions to common problems with peers and learning new skills that utilize the information stored in their system.
  • Potential users will learn how FBS compares to their current accounting software directly from users who have already made the transition.
  • Consultants, accountants and advisers will meet potential clients and be better prepared to assist their current clients of taking advantage of the analytical power of FBS.

This year's Conference will be held on August 28-29 at the River's Bend Conference Center in Moline, Illinois.  Click here to register.  Please note the deadlines in the article below.

User Conference Deadlines


Don't miss the boat!

Two important User Conference deadlines are rapidly approaching:
  • Room reservations at the adjoining hotel, the Stoney Creek Inn, must be made by Friday, August 1. Please call the hotel directly at 309.743.0101 and request the FBS room block.      
  • You can qualify for 50% savings on your conference registration by registering by Friday, August 9th.  You can do this online or by calling FBS at 800.437.7638 / Extension 2.
August Free Webinars
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Do You Need a Payroll Program?  (Intro to Centerpoint), August 5.
Making Your Own A/R Invoices and Statements in FBS, August 12.

Contract Module
, August 19.
No Webinar on August 26--Join us at the User Conference on August 28 and 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--Getting to FBS Through the Internet
Sarah Dixon
Sarah Dixon, FBS Technical Services Manager.


Q.  I want to be able to access my FBS program and data through the Internet using my laptop or tablet.  Is that possible?  

A. Yes.  There are three different ways you can do this:  

1. Switch to "Hosted" software through the AgCompass server.  If you sign up for this option you access your data through a remote desktop connection (RDP).  This connection can be established anywhere you have access to the Internet through a computer or mobile device.  By using the hosted version you don't need to worry about updating your program files or making backups as AgCompass does that for you as well as providing password security for your data.  


2.  The second option is to purchase a network license from FBS and install Terminal Server on your own server.   This usually requires some outside technical help to configure and maintain, but once that is done you'll have a true multi-user system that can be accessed from anywhere.  


3. If no one else needs to use your computer while you're working on FBS, there are also several other remote access programs such as GoToMyPC and LogMeIn that provide remote access to your pc through any device.  

Just a reminder:   options #2 or #3 will likely require specialized technical help beyond the scope of what the FBS Software Support Department provides.


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