Business memos 7/17/13

Wipfli elects Johnson partner

JohnsonST. PAUL — Vicki Johnson was among four associates in the St. Paul office of Wipfli LLP elected to partnership in the firm’s Twin Cities market this year, company officials announced.

Drawing from more than 30 years of combined experience in public accounting and private industry, Johnson is the leader of the business advisory services group for Wipfli’s Minnesota region. She works with small and medium-sized businesses and their owners, providing proactive business consulting, tax compliance services and tax planning. Johnson also leads the financial accounting outsourcing (FAO) services team for the Minnesota Region.

Johnson’s experience includes more than 11 years in private industry working with accounting processes, payroll, retirement plans, and general business matters. She also has more than 19 years of experience in public accounting.

A certified public accountant, Johnson is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Augsburg College.

“We are pleased that Vicki has been elected to the partnership,” said Wipfli’s Minnesota Region Managing Director Chuck Palmer. “Vicki is deeply committed to providing top-quality services to her clients.  She is dedicated to use innovative approaches to help small to mid-sized businesses face their challenges.  As a partner, Vicki will help Wipfli to continue to be a leader in providing outstanding services to clients in Minnesota.”

Crop acreage report deadline extended

WASHINGTON, D.C. — USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced recently an extension of the FSA acreage reporting deadline from July 15 to Aug. 2, 2013.

Farmers and landowners have an additional 16 calendar days to submit their annual report of acreage to their local FSA county office. However, only the FSA reporting deadline has been extended. The acreage reporting requirement for crop insurance remained July 15.

“We want to ensure our producers maintain their program benefits by filing their reports accurately and in a timely manner for all crops and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage,” Garcia said.

Accurate acreage reports are necessary to determine and maintain eligibility for various programs, such as the Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP); the Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE); the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP); and the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistant Program (NAP).

Acreage reports for FSA are considered timely this year when filed at the county office by the new Aug. 2 applicable final crop reporting deadline. Producers should contact their county FSA office if they are uncertain about reporting deadlines.

Afton hosts ‘Girls Night Out’ event

The Afton Area Business Association hosts “Ultimate Girls Night Out” from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in downtown Afton.

The event theme is sunglasses, so visitors should wear their coolest shades and win a prize. The first 40 women to arrive at Old School Art Studio at 5 p.m. receive an official “swag bag” of gifts.

Visitors can stop at participating local businesses between 5 and 8 p.m. for free gifts, drawings and discounts. Participating businesses are Old School Art Studio, Selma’s Ice Cream Parlor, Cala Lilly Day Spa, Squire House Garden, Baglio’s of Afton, Crown Laurel Boutique, CURRENT Restaurant, Afton House Inn, Swirl Wine Bar, Chelsea Rose Antiques and Sail Away Cafe.

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Compiled by Erik Sandin – [email protected]