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About FAST Tools

FAST (Farm Analysis Solution Tools) are a suite of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets designed to assist those in agriculture make better decisions via user-friendly computer programs. FAST aids users in performing financial analysis, assessing investment decisions, and evaluating the impacts of various management decisions.

Requirements for FAST Tools Usage

  • Windows based PC
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or newer (some tools may still function with older versions of Office). A full version of Office is required; the Starter versions will not work properly

FAST tools will not work correctly with the Mac version of Microsoft Office.The only way to run the tools on a Mac is if it also has the Windows operating system installed and a version of Microsoft Office for Windows

FAST Macro Security Settings

FAST spreadsheets require minor adjustments to Microsoft Excel's default security levels. Please see the FAST Important Security Settings Information document here for more information.

Subscribe to FAST

FAST spreadsheets can be accessed by either downloading programs from this site (free of charge) or through the online subscription service.

(PLEASE NOTE: the online subscription service is currently down for maintenance).

Complete list of FAST Tools: Click here
Recent FAST Tools Updates

Spreadsheets titles from two latest updates are shown. For more comprehensive lists, see the Full List of Tools above or section lists below.

To Download Spreadsheets: Check the box next to the spreadsheet, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Download."



Size Date User Guide Demo

2019 Crop Insurance Decision Tool - Spring

81617k 3/8/2019 More
Calculates premiums, evaluates insurance payments, and provides historical data useful when making crop insurance decisions for multiple crops. Estimates are for crops in states that are harvested in 2019.

Revolving Loan Calculator

1150k 1/25/2019 More
Calculates principal and interest balances for revolving loans.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Click here

The FAST spreadsheets are divided into seven areas of farm business analysis. Click on category title to see available tools:

Financial Analysis Tools aid in financial statement preparation, cash flow budgeting, and assessing the financial performance of a farm operation.

Investment AnalysisTools evaluate the economic impacts of investments in capital and financial assets.

Loan Analysis Tools assess various loan decisions and products.

Farm Management Tools aid in making farm production and management decisions.

Livestock Management Tools aid in making livestock production and management decisions.

Grain Marketing and Management Tools assist in tracking crop inventories from harvest to sale and evaluating grain storage decisions and marketing strategies.

Risk Management Tools help users make decisions to manage risk exposure.

Yield and Land Database Tools report state yield data and estimate soil productivity ratings.

FAST Training

There are no currently scheduled Fast Training sessions

For any questions, please see contact information below.

FAST Subscription

Click here for information regarding the FAST DVD subscription service and to complete the subscription form. You can type your information directly into the form or print it to fill out by hand.

Click here to subscribe online (Visa or MasterCard accepted)

For any questions, please see contact information below.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments regarding the FAST spreadsheets, FAST training workshops, or anything else relating to FAST Tools and Resources, please contact:

  • Ryan Batts
  • 300B Mumford Hall
  • 1301 West Gregory Drive
  • Urbana, IL 61801
  • phone (217) 333-1817
  • fax (217) 333-5538
  • email
Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics    College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
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