BF 204: Quickbooks for Farmers

Building Farm Financial Records to Measure Success

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Building Farm Financial Records to Measure Success

This course is an introduction to QuickBooks, designed to provide an overview of the QuickBooks Pro software application. It will cover the basic features, such as sales tax, inventory, invoicing, adjustments, and year-end procedures. Students will gain hands-on experience in the concepts presented, as well as guidance on applying the concepts to their own farm.

PLEASE NOTE: QuickBooks software is NOT included in this course and will need to be purchased separately if you want to use it long-term on your farm. You can participate in this course using the free 30-day trial of the online version of QuickBooks; your instructors will provide instructions to get started with this.

While the course is instructor-led with weekly webinars for 6 weeks out of the year, students will be able to proceed at their own pace through the course material.

Target Audience

All levels: This course is appropriate for people at all levels of farm experience who seek to get started using QuickBooks for their farm business record-keeping. Some understanding of elementary bookkeeping and accounting principles are helpful, and some previous exposure to QuickBooks will make the acquisition of skills much easier but is not essential. If you are actively using QuickBooks and would like to improve your use of the software, this course may be too basic for you. Read through the syllabus below to make sure the topics covered will be useful.

Course Objectives

After competing the 6-week course, including hands-on practice, students will:

  • Show proficiency in setting up chart of accounts, item lists, customer lists and vendor lists
  • Be able to track income, whether using invoices or not
  • Be able to track expenses
  • Know what reports can be useful to them to monitor business finances
  • Know year-end closing and other year-end procedures
  • Know how to backup and restore data files

Webinars and Schedule

The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable. To add to the experience, webinars will be woven into the interface of the course for 6 weeks each year to allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from presenters and ask questions in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing.


Live instruction for the 2021-2022 season has ended, and the next live session will be in late September 2022. While we encourage live attendance so you have the opportunity to engage with the presenters and ask questions, all webinars are recorded and posted in our online classroom for students to watch anytime. Once you have enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all materials indefinitely, and can return to participate in the live webinars in future offerings of the course if you wish.

Your Instructor

Bonnie Collins and Steve Hadcock
Bonnie Collins and Steve Hadcock

Bonnie Collins is the Sr. Ag Program Team Leader and Farm Business Management resource educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County, She also operates an accounting business for nearly 35 years. She holds an MBA in technology management, a BPS in Accounting, has completed the Cornell Bird Biology seminars, is a Master Gardner, and has won the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Science award for Environmental Education.

Steve Hadcock is a Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator with the Capital Area Agricultural and Horticulture Program who works with new and beginning farmers. He provides education on an individual and group basis to those interested in beginning a farm and for those who have been farming for less than 10 years.

Course Curriculum

  OPTIONAL Week 7: Using the QuickBooks Payroll Module
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course officially starts on the date given above, when the instructors get involved and begin hosting live weekly webinars. If you are registering after the webinars have concluded for the year, you will have immediate access to all the course materials, and will be able to participate in the next year's webinars if you choose to.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days of the course and we will give you a full refund.

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