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Track 2: Technology on the Farm

Participants will gain hands-on experience working with Microsoft Office software in a computer lab setting. These programs can change how you do business and help make your life easier. Participants will learn how to make invoices and spreadsheets to help keep track of farm data and assist with make production decisions. Participants will also learn how to create flyers, business cards, and much more items with Publisher. Various types of financial record keeping software will be discuss to help farmers and agribusiness owners explore which one best fits their operation. Apps for smart phones and tablets that provide enterprise production information to record-keeping options will also be shared, thus allowing participants to utilize these to make life easier on the farm.

Instructors: Becky Osborne and Daisy F. Bailey, WVU Extension Service

Courses offered within this track

Gaining Skill with Microsoft Office
Session 1: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Presenter: Becky Osborne

Becky Osborne, WVU Extension Service, Computer Training Specialist, rebecca.osborne@mail.wvu.edu. Becky’s primary role with the West Virginia University Extension Service is to provide technology training and support in the areas of Office 2013, Outlook (email), slate (website development), file management, browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome), digital photography, Acrobat Reader and Professional, Symantec Endpoint Protection, web conferencing, multimedia projectors, and coordinating and editing the twice-monthly newsletter (OT…the things you “ought” to know). She also provides support for local area networks and connectivity, mailing list creation and maintenance, purchasing, hardware, troubleshooting, and other areas as needed. Becky has an M.S. (Animal & Veterinary Sciences) degree from WVU, a B.S. (Agriculture Economics & Resource Management) degree from WVU, and an A.A.S. degree (Computer Programming Technology) from Potomac State College.


Financial Record Keeping Software
Session 2: 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Presenter: Daisy Bailey

Daisy F. Bailey, WVU Extension Service Gilmer/Calhoun County, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, Daisy.Bailey@mail.wvu.edu. A native of Burlington, Ky., Bailey now resides in Ritchie County with her husband Monroe and their troupe of pets. She was raised on a cow/calf, sheep and tobacco farm. She attended the University of Kentucky and obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in plant and soil sciences. Her studies focused on pasture weed control and the control of tall ironweed. Bailey became versed in agriculture over the years through her active involvement with 4-H and FFA in college. She was a 4-H livestock leader and showed beef, sheep, swine, poultry and rabbits. She also participated in livestock judging and gardening. She comes to West Virginia with experience in Extension work after she started her career with Purdue University Extension Service. Daisy is passionate about many areas of agriculture and Extension is a great fit because she likes helping people and sharing what she has learned.


Apps that can Make Life Easier
Session 3: 2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Presenter: Becky Osborne

Becky Osborne, WVU Extension Service, Computer Training Specialist, rebecca.osborne@mail.wvu.edu. Becky’s primary role with the West Virginia University Extension Service is to provide technology training and support in the areas of Office 2013, Outlook (email), slate (website development), file management, browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome), digital photography, Acrobat Reader and Professional, Symantec Endpoint Protection, web conferencing, multimedia projectors, and coordinating and editing the twice-monthly newsletter (OT…the things you “ought” to know). She also provides support for local area networks and connectivity, mailing list creation and maintenance, purchasing, hardware, troubleshooting, and other areas as needed. Becky has an M.S. (Animal & Veterinary Sciences) degree from WVU, a B.S. (Agriculture Economics & Resource Management) degree from WVU, and an A.A.S. degree (Computer Programming Technology) from Potomac State College.