Accounting and farm financial planning are challenging in good economic times. With near record low prices for milk in 2009 the "teachable moment" has arrived!
This paper will discuss my experiences in supporting FINPACK training with agents and producers during the 2009/10 winter season. The observations come from supporting FINPACK via computer web conferencing as well as teaching financial management concepts to students in a six week class taught on the campus.
The presentation will focus on the pros and cons of supporting complex modelling software both in the classroom and as a remote computer guru.
The experiences gained in supporting FINPACK software could easily be extended to support other high tech software in the future as more producers acquire adequate bandwidth for remote support.