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Farm Computer Workshops from Paul Ellinger

Posted by John Fulton -

URBANA - Computer workshops to help agricultural producers manage risk and make better financial decisions will be offered in February and March by University of Illinois Extension. The workshop series is part of the Farm Analysis Solution Tools (FAST) program.

"These FAST Training Workshops are two-day sessions," explained Paul Ellinger, U of I Extension farm financial management specialist. "Both days involve computer training. The first day focuses on spreadsheet development and financial management. The second day provides computer training in risk management.

"Producers may attend one or both days."

FAST is a series of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that aid producers in making various farm business decisions.

Each workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. The $45 registration fee per workshop includes both lunch and materials. The registration charge for both sessions is $65.

Registration is due one week before the workshop you plan to attend. Each workshop is limited to 30 participants. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Garrett Stoerger at (217) 333-1817,, Ellinger said.

Also sponsoring the workshops are U of Extension's farmdoc program and the USDA Risk Management Agency.

Dates and locations for the workshops are:

Feb. 5-6, Oregon, Ogle County Extension office

Feb. 7-8, Bloomington, McLean County Extension office

Feb. 14-15, Galesburg, Knox County Extension office

March 4-5, Mount Vernon, Rend Lake Marketplace.

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