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February Online Newsletter
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  • Farm Works Version 2014.03 Now Available  
  • Improvements to Dashboard
  • RCIS Compatibility
  • E-file Your W2s and 1099s Online
  • Classroom Training Schedule
  • Online Training Schedule

New! Submit Your Data Electronically to RCIS

January 29, 2014 - Save time submitting required crop insurance information directly to Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS) with Version 2014.03. This new feature in Farm Works Mapping (also included in Surface) allows farmers to submit their planting and harvest records electronically to RCIS. This will improve communication between the farmer and their RCIS agent, decrease paperwork and increase overall efficiency.

Press Release: "Rural Community Insurance Services Introduces Enhanced Precision Farming Tool"

FAQ: "Submitting Data Electronically to RCIS"

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Video: Connected Farm on RFDTV
January 27, 2014 - Advanced Technologies editor, Laurie Bedord examines telematics and data sharing solutions at Crossroads Family Farms. Brad and Todd Stephenson explain how Trimble's Connected Farm solution saves them time and increases their efficiency. / Other / News / Connected Farm / CR-CF-Image.jpg

Manhattan, KS Training Class Feb 13

Farm Works Software® will be hosting a Level 1 training class in Manhattan, KS on February 13, 2014.  This is a great opportunity to learn how to better utilize the software while networking with other users at the same time.

Laptops are welcome, but not required.  If you are bringing your own laptop, please make sure you have the latest version of software installed and registered prior to attending. 

Cost of training is $135 per person which includes lunch and training book.  Class size is limited so be sure to register early by calling 1-800-225-2848 or by clicking here.

Version 2014.03 Now Available

January 14, 2014 - Farm Works Software® has released version 2014.03.18 of the Office software.

Enhancements include:

  • E-filing W2s and 1099s - Farm Works Accounting can now save 2013 Forms W-2 and 1099-Misc data in a .csv file that can be used for electronic submission. These files are supported by the Dynamic Systems e-file options available at  Customers can go to this website and create an account and upload their W-2 and 1099 data to have it electronically submitted. This web service has other useful features, including the ability to have printouts mailed or emailed to employees and vendors.
  • Check Printing Updates - Farm Works Accounting now has an option to “Summarize detail lines on check stubs” for the memo area when printing checks.
  • Support for 2013 Federal Tax Forms (W-2, W-3, 1099-Misc and 1096)
  • Support for 2014 Federal, FICA, and Medicare Tax Withholding
  • Advanced Guidance Line Management – Farm Works Mapping now supports Advanced Guidance Line/Row Crop Management Tools which are presently available in Surface. These tools will now be available in both the Mapping and Surface programs.  Users can now create a series of guidance lines including the ability to offset and smooth lines as well as clipping lines to field boundaries and other lines.
  • Updates to Help About - Going to the “Help” menu and selecting "About Farm Works Office" now lists software CD Keys & Customer contact details.
  • Clip Background Maps to Multiple Field Boundaries Using Farms or Clients - Farm Works Mapping can now import background maps for individual fields at the client or farm level.  When you import a shape file as a background map at the client or farm level, there is an option to “Clip to Field Boundaries”.  This option is useful for importing soil types and will result in soil type background maps being created for each field under the client or farm with the resulting layer being clipped to the boundary for that field.
  • Improved Fertilizer Report - Farm Works Mapping has improved fertilizer reports to only show applications for the selected nutrients.
  • Electronic Crop Insurance Reporting for RCIS - Farm Works Mapping now supports the creation of an XML File that will soon be supported by RCIS (Rural Community Insurance Services).  Select File / Submit Insurance Data where an option for RCIS is now available which will create the XML file.  RCIS is in the process of creating a web portal where users can upload these files.  This portal will be available in February 2014.
  • Expanded Map Attributes for Points/Lines/Polygons - Farm Works Mapping now allows you to add Web links and file attachments to map attributes.  This allows you to have an attribute on points/lines/polygons that’s a link so that you can click on the link and go directly to the website (in your browser).  File attachments can also be added to a point/line/polygon so the attachment can be easily displayed.

Customers of the Office software who are subscribed to the Update Service Plan (USP) will automatically receive these features by selecting “Check for Updates" located under the Help menu.  Another option is to use the download link:

Fargo, ND Training Class Jan 16-17

Farm Works Software® will be hosting a training class in Fargo, ND on January 16-17, 2014.  This is a great opportunity to learn how to better utilize the software while networking with other users at the same time.

Greensburg, IN Training Class Jan 8-9

Farm Works Software® will be hosting a training class in Greensburg, IN on January 8-9, 2014.  This is a great opportunity to learn how to better utilize the software while networking with other users at the same time.

E-file your W-2s and 1099s Online

December 16, 2013 - Do you enjoy printing and mailing W-2s, W-3s, 1096s, and 1099s for your farm?  Or would you rather be out in the field?  Tax form preparation can be time consuming and expensive.  A new feature soon to be released in Farm Works™ Accounting software will allow you to upload your data electronically to the IRS, Social Security Administration, and participating state agencies as part of the IRS combined federal/state filing program. This service will benefit farms of all sizes with anywhere from two employees (or 1099 vendors) to hundreds of employees (or 1099 vendors). The service also gives you the ability to have forms printed and mailed to your employees and/or vendors for you.

Advantages of e-filing:

  • Everything is done online, eliminating the need for paper forms.
  • You pay only for the number of forms you file (even if it’s just one).
  • Save labor costs of printing, mailing and manually submitting forms.

How it works:

  • Utilize Farm Works Accounting to manage your payroll and payment records.
  • Select the new option in Farm Works 2014 for electronic filing. This will create a data file and give you a link to a website where you can submit your data.
  • Go to a secure website (coming soon) to create an account and submit your data. All data can be previewed online prior to submitting it to the required Federal and participating state agencies. Printed forms can be automatically mailed to each employee and/or vendor from the service (optional but a huge time savings).

This new feature will be available early January 2014. So avoid purchasing paper forms and enjoy the convenience of e-filing with Farm Works.

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U.S. Holiday Support Hours

December 11, 2013 – Farm Works Software® would like to wish each and every one of you a happy and safe holiday season.  To celebrate the season, Farm Works support will be closed or limiting hours on the following days below.  We look forward to assisting each one of you, so please use this opportunity to plan your support needs. 

Dec. 23 9am - 4pm EST
Dec. 24 - 25
Closed (Christmas Holiday)
Dec. 26 - 27 9am - 4pm EST
Dec. 28 9am - 12pm EST
Dec. 30
8am - 8pm EST
Dec. 31 - Jan. 1 Closed (New Years Holiday)

December Online Newsletter
/ Other / Newsletters / Dec13_pic.jpg In this issue:
  • Improvements to Dashboard     
  • Scout and Fleet App Updates
  • New Precipitation Monitoring Feature
  • Farm Works Version 2014 Now Available
  • Perfect Time for Accounting Change
  • Year End Tax Tips
  • Classroom Training Schedule
  • Online Training Schedule

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