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1 Developing and teaching effective record keeping strategies Beginning Farmer Learning Network Conference October 29, 2013 Giulia Stellari, Ph.D.

2 Outline 1.Principles of teaching farm record-keeping 2.What tools to teach and when? 3.How does AgSquared work? 4.Who does AgSquared serve? 5.What opportunities are there for farm service providers in the context of AgSquared

3 Why do we keep telling farmers to keep records? 1. Teaching record keeping

4 Because farm records make everyone’s jobs easier and more successful! 1. Teaching record keeping

5 Good Record Keeping = Targeted and Organized Record Keeping 1. Teaching record keeping

6 Value that record keeping provides: 1.Agronomic 2.Financial 3.Compliance 4.Workflow

7 1. Teaching record keeping Key points to focus on: 1.Keep it goal oriented 2.Focus on the process – who / what / when / where / how 3.Front-load the process 4.Revisit the process and goals often

8 2. What tools to teach Choice of tool to teach can depend on: The industry (dairy, commodities, produce etc.) –Farmeron, Farm Logs, AgSquared

9 2. What tools to teach Choice of tool to teach can depend on: Level of connectivity on the farm –Paper, desktop based, cloud based

10 2. What tools to teach Choice of tool to teach can depend on: Level of comfort with technology –Previous work background A combination of previous points …

11 3. Bridging the divide Undeniable facts about farming: 1.It happens in the field, not in the office 2.It is wet, dusty, cold, hot, muddy 3.It rarely goes according to plan

12 1.Help new farmers recognize how on-farm processes map onto office processes 2.Recognize when it is better to keep records on paper and when there is a clear advantage to adopting a software system for record-keeping 1.Certain GAPs records 3. Bridging the divide

13 Aggregation 3. What is AgSquared?

14 Nov. Apr. May Dec. Apr. Jan. May. Jul. Oct. Founded Alpha release Closed Beta release Software Beta release USDA Grant Awarded (Phase I) Release from beta NSF Grant Awarded (Phase I) USDA Grant Awarded (Phase II) 5,700 AgSquared accounts created What is AgSquared?

15 Management Analysis PlanningRecord Keeping 3. What is AgSquared?

16 AgSquared helps farmers: Reduced Costs Greater Profits Certification Compliance Traceability Optimize their production plans for: Manage their operations more efficiently and learn from their records. More easily adhere to requirements for: 3. What is AgSquared?

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23 4. Who does AgSquared serve best? 1.High diversity operations 2.Young and beginning farmers 3.Farmers with technology backgrounds 4.Farmers in peri-urban areas

24 4. AgSquared case studies Lara and Roger Anderson – Farm Where Life Is Good –Beginning farmers using AgSquared to scale their operation

25 4. AgSquared case studies Richard Kanak – Four Sisters Farm –Building on his technology background to optimize hisnew farm

26 4. AgSquared case studies Scott Thellman – Juniper Hills Farm –Streamlining farm management and team coordination

27 4. AgSquared case studies Paul Sorenson – Gravel Springs Farm –Getting things done on the farm

28 4. AgSquared case studies Eric Rozendaal – Rockville Market Farm –Experienced farmer using AgSquared for task management

29 4. Who will AgSquared serve next? 1.Farmers with poor internet connectivity in the field 2.Farmers with less diversified operations 3.Livestock applications

30 4. Who will AgSquared serve next?

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36 5. AgSquared for new farmer educators 1.Provide a platform for teaching different aspects of farm planning and management 2.Assist with implementation of recommended practices 3.Assist with identifying opportunities for individual improvement / skill assessment

37 Thanks! Questions?

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