Several Events Scheduled Across the State, Pre-registration Is Required

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​​Fruit crops, including apples (shown above), are among the popular commodities that Tennessee farmers convert into value-added products like jellies and fried pies. A new workshop by the UT Center for Profitable Agriculture is scheduled this spring for farmers who need assistance with recordkeeping for their value-added businesses. Photo by P. McDaniels, courtesy UTIA. Download image​

SPRING HILL, Tenn. – Keeping good business records is critical for any value-added farm business, so says Hal Pepper, Financial Analysis Specialist with University of Tennessee Extension. “Direct marketers, food processors and agritourism operators who keep good records are better able to analyze their costs and returns and evaluate market outlets.”

In April and June, Pepper, along with David Bilderback and Adam Hopkins from UT Extension, will present a six-hour workshop designed to help farmers learn to keep financial records for an “example farm.” Participants will use Quicken recordkeeping software to learn about setting up categories and tags, writing checks, recording deposits and creating reports. The workshop is designed for producers who sell fresh and processed farm products at direct marketing outlets such as farmers markets, on-farm stands, pick-your-own and agritourism operations.

“Record Keeping for Successful Value-Added Enterprises” will be held in locations throughout the state on the following dates:

Knoxville, April 25
Cookeville, April 26
Jackson, April 27
Winchester, June 13
Nashville, June 14
Martin, June 15

Pre-registration is required and the workshop will begin with check-in at 9 a.m. local time. The workshop will end at 3:30 p.m.

The registration fee is $20 per person and lunch is provided. Space is limited and pre-registration is required no later than five business days prior to each workshop. Information about the workshop is available on the Center’s website at Register for the workshop now at

This workshop fulfills a Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP) educational requirement in ONLY the following Producer Diversification sectors: Agritourism, Fruits & Vegetables and Value-Added. For additional information regarding educational programs for TAEP requirements, please contact Clay Dunivan at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, 615-837-5348.

The “Record Keeping for Successful Value-Added Enterprises” workshop was developed by the UT Center for Profitable Agriculture through funding provided by Southern Risk Management Education.  Quicken recordkeeping software is the tool being used for this workshop; but other similar software packages are available. No endorsement on the part of UT Extension is implied.

The Center for Profitable Agriculture is a joint effort of University of Tennessee Extension and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. 

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.



Hal Pepper, Center for Profitable Agriculture, 931-486-2777,​