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When commodity prices go down, it’s important to keep financial books on the farm or ranch for more than just tax time. To help, Nebraska Extension is hosting two Quicken for Farm & Ranch Record Keeping workshops at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2 at the Dawes County Extension Office in Chadron and Thursday, April 4 at the Sioux County Courthouse in Harrison.

Nebraska Extension Educators will teach how to use Quicken, a popular commercial record-keeping package that is user friendly, inexpensive and easy to find. Quicken is flexible for ag and non-ag business enterprises and separates out family living expenses.

Quicken’s checkbook register makes for a familiar environment to begin computerized record-keeping. Quicken comes with home and general business income and expense categories, but Educators will show how to easily import farm categories to match the tax Schedule F.

Quicken allows organization of finances by category and sub-classes, but also a tag feature that is useful for splitting enterprises, by partnership share, or by ranch. Quicken allows users to split transactions, so one check written at a local gas station can be divided among several expenses: fast food, oil for the tractor, and farm fuel for the feed pickup.

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Reports such as transactions, cash flow, account balances, balance sheet, comparisons, and tax summary, can easily generated, information filtered and layout modified. Quicken files can also be exported to QuickBooks®, used by many tax accountants.

The hands-on training will include computer time with Quicken. Educators will also show how to run reports helpful for financial decisions.

Each workshop is limited to 10 participants. The cost to attend the workshop is $20 per participant, due at registration. To register, contact the Dawes County Extension Office at 308-432-3373.

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