Quicken for Farm Producers was developed to provide instruction to Illinois farm producers desiring to computerize their farm records. The program is computer based through the use of a laptop lab which is portable to local extension offices. A 200 page manual is available on cd or hardcopy. Over 200 producers in Illinois have been trained through this program.
The program has evolved from a single session program to a minimum of three sessions program. This format allows the producer to take their file home with them to input information and then later ask questions during lab time. A group file is also used which allows the producer to ask questions without providing personal financial details, if they so desire.
Since moving to the multi-session format, impact evaluations indicate that implementation of Quicken into the farm operation has improved from 25% to 100% after attending the program. The manual is also available online in pdf format.
In Illinois, it is important for producers to keep field level (individual landlord) information. This is done by using Quicken's muliti-level reporting functions. Producers are encouraged to email the instructor with questions on using Quicken after the program.
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