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The parent company of Farm Works (CTN Data Services, Inc.) already offers a very comprehensive agribusiness accounting system that includes invoicing, inventory management, payables, payroll, etc... This package is a solid package that has been around since the early 80s and is one of the leading agribusiness packages in the US. This package has been designed to be much more than a general business accounting package (such as Quickbooks or Peachtree) since it can deal easily with agribusiness issues such as vendor and customer prepays, bookings and a full grain system that can generate and track contracts, scale tickets, settlements and hedges.

The only problem at this point is that it is not written in Windows (it runs on a PC based, multi-user operating system called THEOS).

We certainly have been looking into the demand for a package that integrates with Site Pro through either re-writing the package into Windows or adding the ability to tie it in with Windows. The process of rewriting a program as massive as this program in Windows is no small task and at this point we are trying to determine if the market exists to support such a product.

Additionally, we have some doubts about using Windows based software for day to day accounting operations for larger agribusinsesses (i.e. if you're entering in a large number of invoices or scale tickets, you probably don't want to mess around with a mouse). Our current package in THEOS is not very pretty (no flashy screens or graphics), but it provides for quick and easy entry of day to day transactions.

Tying our current software in with Windows presents other challenges in trying to make two completely different operating systems work together seamlessly. Once again we are trying to determine whether the demand exists for the program to pay for the work involved.

We are certainly open to feedback. So anybody out there who has any comments on the demand for agribusiness accounting software or whether that software should be Windows based, please let us know.

Farmworks for fertilizer dealers

Keith Fuller March 24, 1997 12:00AM

Re: Farmworks for fertilizer dealers

Scott Nusbaum - Farm Works Software March 25, 1997 12:00AM

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