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UI to host free workshops

| February 17, 2023 1:00 AM

The University of Idaho Extension will host free workshops at four locations throughout the state on how point-of-sale systems can be helpful for operating and managing a small farm or food business.

“Using Point of Sale Systems for Farm and Small Business Success” workshops will be hosted from 9:30 a.m. to noon, local time, on March 10 at the UI Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center, in Sandpoint, 10881 N. Boyer Road; the UI Extension office in Driggs, 440 N. Main St.; at City Hall in Craigmont, 109 E. Main St.; and at 1912 Center in Moscow, 412 E. Third St.

POS systems are more than credit card machines and can provide a wealth of data and information to help make business decisions and enhance profitability. These workshops are designed to help small farms and ranches and food businesses understand the basics of POS systems, use POS systems as a business management tool, and improve their risk management strategies. The workshops will also provide information regarding available additional resources that can help participants increase their direct-to-consumer sales.

Participants will learn about the following concepts: what POS systems are, how they work, who uses them, who could benefit from them, the pros and cons of using them, data and reports, tracking sales inventory, integration across sales platforms, using data and reports for insurance applications and reporting, analyzing data to identify popular or problem products, using data to forecast sales and plan expenses and using reports and data for loan acquisition for business growth and sustainability.

The workshops are ideal for people from the following backgrounds: small farm and ranch owners, managers, and employees; owners, managers, and employees of businesses that do DTC sales; anyone interested in starting a small farm or business with a DTC sales aspect; farmers market managers and associated staff; local business and entrepreneurship groups; and local government representatives.

The workshops are offered with support from the Western Extension Risk Management Education Center. Visit to register. Contact Patrick Hatzenbuehler, UI Extension agricultural economist, at or 208-736-3607 for more information.