Missouri Farm Computer Users Conference
2008 Program
January 4 & 5, 2008
Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach, MO

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Friday, January 4, 2008

     1:00 - Welcome
    Ron Plain, Columbia
      
     1:15 - Introductions and Idea Exchange
      
     2:00 - Probable Fieldwork Days Machinery Mgt. with Weather Risk
    Brent Carpenter, Columbia
      
     3:00 - Concurrent (1 time)
      
     TransAction Lite for Farm Records
    Norm Brown, Aledo, IL
      
     Beginning Spreadsheet Use
    Ray Massey, Columbia
      
     Precision Agriculture Discussion - Our experiences and some new tools
    Steve Wright, Madison
    Kent Shannon, Columbia
      
     4:00 - Concurrent (1 time)
      
     Optimizing Your Website for Marketing
    Dan Barker, Mexico
      
     Farm Management Tools for Analyzing Cost of Production
    Brent Carpenter
      
     Advanced Spreadsheets and Other Topics
    Mike Monson, Columbia
      
     Adjourn
      
     Dinner
      
     7:00 - Concurrent (3 times - half hour each)
      
     Selecting Cattle Using Internet Tools
    Jim Bellis, Aurora
      
     Managing & Sharing Photos Using Picasa
    Greg Rotert, Columbia
      
     Electronic Publishing Do's and Do Not's
    Michael Stachiw, Fenton
      
     Tools for Analyzing Cost of Feeding DDGs (swine example)
    Ann Ulmer, Columbia
      
     Digital Pens - Converting Handwriting to Electronic Farm Records
    Norm Brown
      
     Getting Started with a Handheld GPS Unit
    Kent Shannon
    Harrisonville FFA
      
     Taking Decent Digital Photographs
    Doug Roderick, Fulton
      
     To Search or Not To Search - Search Engine Basics
    Robert Davis, Ashland
      
     8:30 - Open-ended Discussion & Idea Exchange
      
     Vendor Displays - Internet Cafe
      
     Search Engines In-Depth
      
     MIR Update
      
     FBS User Gathering
      
     "Show & Tell"
    Those who brought equipment (computers, cameras, printers, storage devices, etc.) can share experiences
    at this session.
      
     Adjourn
      

Saturday, January 5, 2008

    4-H Lab, Demonstrations and Presentations

        6:30 - Breakfast Buffet
        
        7:00 - Early Bird Breakfast Forum
      Open discussion for ag computing & other topics
        
        7:45 - FODM - Mining Data From Your GPS Equipment
      Norm Brown
        
        8:00 - Blogs & Podcasts - Is There a Place For Them In Agriculture
      Lane McConnell, Taos
        
        8:45 - Geotagging Digital Photos
      Kent Shannon
        
        9:00 - Internet Safety - From Keeping Kids Safe to Identity Theft
      Dan Barker
        
        9:45 - Break - Vendor Displays - Internet Cafe
        
       10:00 - Tax Update
      LeRoy Vogel, CPA, Bowling Green
        
       10:30 - What Computer Equipment to Buy Today
      Ron Buswell, Newark
        
       11:00-12:00 - Designing a Website for Your Agribusiness
      Mike Stachiw
        
       11:00-12:00 - GIS Tools Lab (Hands-on session)
      Kent Shannon
        
       8:00-3:00 - 4-H Lab, Open Lab Topics - HANDS ON!
       

        Educational/Recreational Software

        Audio/Video Production Editing

        Power Point

        Digital Cameras

        Robotics

        DDR

        WII
        
       Special Sessions:
        
       10:00 - Fly Fusion - Digital Pens for Homework
        
       10:30 - Using Pen-based Laptops
        
       11:00-12:00 - Mapping Lab (advanced)
        
       11:00-12:00 - Designing Websites (advanced)
        
       11:00-12:00 - Shooting Simulation
        
       12:00 - Lunch - Pizza Provided
        
       1:00 - Geospatial Tech
        
       Cow-Tipping Farm Management Game
      Whenever there's a group, we'll play.
        


      2008 Conference Planning Committee

      Norman Brown - Aledo, IL
      Brian Vogelsmeier - Sweet Springs, MO
      Harold Thompson - Marshall, MO
      Larry Blase - Columbia, MO
      Doug Davis - Fillmore, MO
      Jason Dieckhoff - Harrisonville, MO
      Joe Veras - O'Fallon, MO


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