Larry Borton

Larry Borton

Manager, Telfarm Data Center

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

446 W. Circle Dr., Rm 414
Justin S Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

517 355 4700, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Biographical Information

Larry Borton manages the Telfarm Data Center, which is part of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics. The Telfarm system of farm financial record keeping is a program available from MSU Extension’s Farm Information Resources Management (FIRM) Team. It is an educational and service program designed to assist farmers with their farm financial records and decision making. The program has its roots with the MSU Farm Records program which began in 1928, and evolved into a mail-in computer records program by the mid 1950s.

The Telfarm Data Center introduced Microtel® agricultural financial software programs in 1983 and added the use of the FINAN® Program for farm business analysis in 1996. In 2002 Telfarm introduced Telfarm for Windows Accountant® software. In 2005 Telfarm began cooperating with Peninsula Software of Virginia for its Pensoft Payroll Plus® program for windows.

Research and Outreach Interests


Recent Research and Policy Presentation Videos


Recent Research and Policy Presentations

  • Do You Have Farm Workers? IRS Publications with Larry Borton (email).
    IRS Publication 51, Circular A, Agricultural Employer’s Tax Guide.