Pre-registration Is Required for This Training Opportunity


Farmers market produce in Tennessee

In December 2017 and March 2018, University of Tennessee Extension will present a workshop designed to help farmers learn to keep better financial records. 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 could benefit most from the training. Photo courtesy UTIA. 


SPRING HILL, Tenn. ― Keeping good business records is critical for any value-added farm business, 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 December of this year and March 2018, Pepper along with Les Humpal, Dallas Manning and Danny Morris from UT Extension will present a seven-hour workshop designed to help farmers learn to keep better financial records. Participants will be introduced to QuickBooks accounting software and learn about setting up a chart of accounts, items, customers and vendors, entering sales and recording deposits, paying bills and writing checks 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 on the following dates at several locations across the state:

December 12, Martin
December 13, Carthage
December 14, Chattanooga
March 13, Memphis
March 14, Franklin
March 15, Knoxville


Pre-registration is required, and the workshop will begin with check-in at 8:30 a.m. local time. The workshop will end at 4 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: ag.tennessee.edu/cpa​ and registration is now open online at tiny.utk.edu/farmrecords.

This workshop fulfills a 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 and is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2015-49200-24228.

Learn more about the Center for Profitable Agriculture at ag.tennessee.edu/cpa​. Contact Pepper with questions about the workshop at hal.pepper@utk.edu or 931-486-2777.

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

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Contact: 

Hal Pepper, Center for Profitable Agriculture, 931-486-2777, hal.pepper@utk.edu