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Cummings and Goings in Agriculture

Congratulations To Livestock Show Winners

By Steve Cummings

Congratulations to Casey Byford on winning first place in her classes with her Gelvieh heifer and bull at the Northwest District 4-H Livestock Show in Batesville this past weekend.  Casey will compete at the Junior Roundup at the Dixie National Livestock Show on February 6th.  For a list of livestock shows at the Dixie National, call our office at 675-2730.

It is not too late to sign up for the Master Gardener Training.  The training will be held each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 1 – 5 pm at the Yalobusha County Multipurpose Building starting February 26th through April 3rd.  Cost of the short course is $85 which includes the manual, handouts, refreshments, and membership to Mississippi Master Gardener’s Association.  For detailed information contact our office at 675-2730.

Yalobusha County will be offering “Hot Topics” video conferences in 2008.  These video conferences are part of the “Women In Agriculture” program that is targeted toward women who are involved in agriculture.  There are four video conferences already scheduled from 9:30 – 11:30 am on the first Fridays of each month beginning February 1st, March 7th, April 4th, and May 2nd.  These conferences are free and open to the public.  Please call our office for more information or to register for any of these classes.  Descriptions of these classes are as follows:

February 1st – Data Management – Which computer program is right for you? – Computer programs are designed with different purposes in mind: manage numbers, hold data, and others track contacts or sales.  The types of reports and information which can be extracted will also vary. Mariah Smith, Computer Specialist, will discuss a variety of free and for-purchase programs which can help manage information for business operations. Becoming familiar with the features of programs available can simplify the decision process when selecting a new program to help you get better organized.  

March 7th – And What “Exactly” is the Farm Bill? – Do you ever wonder how information is gathered, processed, and a final version of the farm bill written? And then do you question how your operation fits into the final picture? Dr. John Anderson, Ag Economist, will share information relating to the development of the farm bill and what to expect from the 2008 Farm Bill.

April 4th – Natural Resource Conservation Service – Services Available to Farmers – Some of the services of the NRCS have been around for years while others change annually.  NRCS representatives will share current services and the role of NRCS in the 2008 Farm Bill.

May 2nd – Introduction to QuickBooks – Financial recordkeeping is a must for every business. Computer programs can help simplify the process of storing, analyzing, and retrieving information for documentation and financial decision making.  The basics of “QuickBooks,” one of many financial management computer programs, will be shared and demonstrated during this program.

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