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ATHENS - University of Wisconsin-Extension and UW Center for Dairy Profitability are hosting a two-day workshop series on March 29-30, 2017 for farm women interested in improving their farm financial management skills, part of the fabric of farm life and the farm business.

This series includes in-class exercises to develop farm financial management skills. Upon completion, participants will receive certification credit toward fulfilling FSA or other financial institution’s educational requirements.

Topics include: Introduction to the financial management model; records and recordkeeping systems; types of financial statements; analysis and interpretation of financial statements; and benchmarking of financial position and performance.

Participants will also have an opportunity to network with other farm women in the area.

Speakers include Sandy Stuttgen, UW-Extension Taylor County agriculture agent; Heather Schlesser, UW-Extension Marathon County agriculture agent; Simon Jette-Nantel, UW-Extension farm management specialist at UW-River Falls; Nate Splett, Outreach Specialist, UW Center for Dairy Profitability; and Jenny Vanderlin, Assistant Director of the UW Center for Dairy Profitability.

The workshop will be held at the Athens Fire Hall, 301 Hwy 97, Athens, WI (across from fairgrounds). Each day will cover different subjects, building on content from the previous session. Registration is $20 and includes snacks, lunches and educational materials, including a copy of Fearless Farm Finances. Class size is limited to 15 participants.

Pre-registration with payment is required by March 23. Make checks payable to: UW-Extension and send to UW-Extension Marathon County/FinMngt, 212 River Drive, Suite 3, Wausau, WI 54403-5476. For more information about the workshop, please contact: Heather Schlesser, UW-Extension Marathon County, 715-261-1230.

This Financial Management Workshop series is partially funded by a USDA Risk Management Agency cooperative agreement and supported by the UW-Center for Dairy Profitability and the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

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