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The Sail of the Century!
Thanks again to the speakers and participants that made the 2014 FBS User Conference a rousing success.

Here are a sampling of  comments:

"Great seminar.  Touches on the needs of various users."

"Very well organized.  Informative topics."

"The Controller/CFO presenters were great speakers--shows the power of FBS Software in the hands of experienced users."

This month's issue of FarmSmart will cover Conference highlights as well as some exciting new developments for FBS clients. 
  • User Conference turns an unexpected networking "360."
  • User Conference highlights.
  • Mike will make a difference!
  • September free webinar schedule.
  • Reordering your Income Statement.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   SDG  
User Conference Turns an Unexpected Networking "360"
Blake Hollis and TPEN Operations Manager Julie DiNatale prepare for networking presentation.

Blake and Sally Hollis
were "driven" to the FBS User Conference because of their involvement in the Top Producer Executive Network (TPEN).  Blake was invited to share how his peer group of progressive producers challenged and motivated him, but Sally, who recently returned to the farm after serving as an engineer with John Deere, also came to learn how to more effectively use the tools in the FBS "toolbox."  However, through the inspiration of TPEN's founder, Danny Klinefelter and Operations Manager, Julie DiNatale, the Iowa couple may be also be plugged into a new network of FBS Users.

While it's still in the embryonic stage, a majority of other FBS users at the Conference indicated they would also be interested in networking and learning from one another in specialized peer groups of FBS clients.
Danny Klinefelter exchanges peer networking experiences with Barb and Howard Doster.
FBS's Mike Boggs (see story below) will serve as point man as we begin exploring the level of interest, logistics and facilitator options of "spinning off" this potential new network.
Sally Hollis confers with Hedge Accounting Workshop instructor Paul Neiffer.
User Conference 2014 Highlights
To view 17 of the presentations made at the 2014 FBS User conference click here.
John McNutt and Moe Russell speak to a packed classroom.
Sean Hughes from Conservis describes the next generation of field record integration.
BioTown Ag's founder Brian Furrer connects dots for a living.
Transition Point's Alan Richardson describes the Entrepreneurial Operating System.
Controllers Jenni Brown (GSC Financial), Lorena Lucy (BioTown Ag) and Jodie Tyndall (JC Howard) describe how they achieve accuracy, efficiency and consistency with FBS software.

Enjoying a great meal and cruise.
Top producers and consultants networking on the top deck.


 Mike Will Make a Difference!
FBS CFO Mike Boggs

FBS User Conference attendees had their first opportunity to meet FBS's new CFO and Professional Services DirectorMichael Boggs, this week, and we hope you'll meet him soon.

Mike's first priority is to consult with and train FBS clients and supporting professionals such as consultants and CPAs, with his primary focus in managerial accounting.

"Mike brings a level of professional experience that our expanding managerial accounting client base requires," says FBS Systems president, Norm Brown.  "We're committed to providing our clients sustainable expertise and service, which is just as vital to them as our integrated production and accounting software."

Mike comments, "I'm excited about the capabilities of FBS Software and look forward to showing customers how to use those capabilities. I'm also looking forward to working with user groups for their feedback to continue to enhance our software."
Boggs has worked as an auditor, controller and CFO in the agriculture, construction, communications, retail and health services industries. 

You can contact him by email at and phone at 800.437.7638/extension 111.
September Free Webinars
Sep.  8:  Linking with CenterPoint Payroll
Sep. 15:  ACH Module

Sep. 22:  Macros and User Menu
Sep. 29:  Importing Crop Data

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:  Income Statement by Period
Sarah Dixon
Sarah Dixon, FBS Technical Services Manager.



When I run my Income Statement by periods the heading "YTD" doesn't make sense. Is there a way to change this?

A. Yes there is!  As you can see in this example we are running the Income Statement by Option 7 for a period determined by the user, which in this case is set to one month time frame.  So since the period is just one month the YTD heading makes no sense. 



To change this go to Utilities | Set Preferences | Income Statement Options and enter a 2 in for the Value column and press Save






The report now shows the date range for each period.  Also note for this report to work correctly you must specify Start of fiscal year to equal the starting date of the report (ignore actual fiscal or calendar year).


Additional tip:  The default setting for Income Statement or Balance Sheet reports by column is from newest time period to oldest.  To "flip" the order from from oldest to newest (as in this example) change this preference:




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