UW-Extension: Sticking to your budget over the holidays

The winter holiday season is fast approaching. For many, the coming months mean travel to visit family and friends, gift-giving, and preparation of traditional foods. All of these special occasions can be a challenge on monthly budgets. “If the holidays have snuck up on you, there are steps to take now to prepare for the season and stay within budget,” says Peggy Olive, UW-Extension/UW-Madison Financial Capability Specialist.

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Learn how to use farm financial statements to improve business decisions

Contact: Steve Okonek, 715-538-2311 ext. 208, steve.okonek@ces.uwex.edu Jenny Vanderlin, 608-263-5665, jmvander@wisc.edu Trisha Wagner, 715-284-4257, trisha.wagner@ces.uwex.edu Given the financial stress of the last two years, famers are asking how to improve cash flow and reduce equity risk. Often the response is “perform a financial analysis,” with the question “where do I start with all of these […]

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UW-Extension resource helps families cope with a drop in income

Contact Peggy Olive, 608-647-6148, peggy.olive@ces.uwex.edu Madison, Wis.– Knowing what to do when you’re faced with an abrupt drop in income due to a layoff, salary reduction, illness or divorce can seem overwhelming. To help people find ways to make ends meet in the midst of turbulent economic times, UW-Extension Family Living Programs has developed an […]

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Human Resource Management course for farmers offered in January

Contact: Ted Halbach, (608) 262-3127, tjhalbach@wisc.edu Are you a farmer who’s considering expanding your farm operation? You know you can handle more livestock, but you’re not sure how to manage employees? Do you already have employees and are looking for some additional human resource management training? University of Wisconsin-Extension has partnered with UW-Madison Farm and […]

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Financial Management; Where Do I Start?

Contact: Ken Bolton, 715-877-1420, kenneth.bolton@ces.uwex.edu Dairy farm managers, given the financial stress of the last two years, are asking how to improve cash flow and reduce equity risk. Often the response is, “Perform a financial analysis.” Once the analysis is complete and results are in hand the question that typically follows is, “Where do I […]

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Transferring the Farm in a High Stakes Era: A Workshop for Retiring and Beginning Farmers

Contact: Denise Brusveen, 608-355-3257, denise.brusveen@ces.uwex.edu Joe Bollman, 608-742-9680, joe.bollman@ces.uwex.edu The University of Wisconsin-Extension in Sauk and Columbia Counties will host a workshop to explore issues and considerations for farm succession in today’s high stakes climate. The workshop will be at the West Square Administration Building, 505 Broadway, Baraboo on Dec. 17. A generation ago, passing […]

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Planning for the Unexpected Tomorrow workshop scheduled for Sept. 28 in Ladysmith

Contact: Richard Toebe, 715-532-2151 Michelle Sanderson, 715-532-2151 Joy Kirkpatrick, 608-263-3485 Planning for the Unexpected Tomorrow is a workshop designed to help farm couples and families work through the issues of that unexpected tomorrow, such as an injury, chronic illness or death. The workshop provides guidance on how to plan for the immediate decisions that must […]

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Bookkeepers’ boot camp scheduled for Black River Falls

Contact: Trisha Wagner, 715.284.4257, trisha.wagner@ces.uwex.edu Joy Kirkpatrick, 608.263.3485, joy.kirkpatrick@ces.uwex.edu The Heart of the Farm-Women in Agriculture and the Jackson County University of Wisconsin-Extension are sponsoring a bookkeeper’s workshop for women in agriculture. Bookkeepers’ Boot Camp will be held on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 at the Skyline Golf Course, 612 N. 11th Street, Black River Falls. […]

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Tools available to help estimate dairy cow feed consumption and cost

Contact: Ken Bolton, 715-877-1420, kenneth.bolton@ces.uwex.edu Having access to a quick and easy method of evaluating dairy feed cost of production or dairy cattle consumption amounts specific to a particular herd can help dairy producers – and those who advise them – in planning or decision making purposes according to Ken Bolton, University of Wisconsin-Extension dairy/livestock […]

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Beginning Farm Financial recordkeeping training using Quickbooks is scheduled for August 2010

Contact: Sandy Stuttgen, 715-748-3327, sandy.stuttgen@ces.uwex.edu Jenny Vanderlin, 608-263-7795, jmvander@wisc.edu Are you interested in learning how to use Quickbooks computer software for your farm financial recordkeeping? Or build upon what you already do know? The University of Wisconsin-Extension Center for Dairy Profitability and UW-River Falls are offering a beginning hands-on workshop using Quickbooks at the North […]

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