Annie's Project is an educational program and support network for Midwest farm women taught in a computer lab. Classes cover farm financial topics, marketing management and more. The classes begin in central Iowa at Ankeny June 1 and Grinnell June 2. Pre-registration is requested by Wednesday June 1. Classes are sponsored by ISU Extension and Iowa Valley Community College. They are hosted by Des Moines Area Community College.
Annie's Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise. Classes are being taught in 28 states.
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Through six educational sessions, Annie's Project fosters problem solving, record keeping, and decision-making skills in farm women. If there is not a site near you, ask the contact person for your state to add you to their list of interested clients.
The mission is: To empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. Learn more about Annie's Project. Visit www.extension.iastate.edu/annie or call 515/294-2136.
Helping farm women learn how to become better business partners
One topic covered by the project has focused on developing communication for the female farm business partner to initiate farm transition planning. "USDA has placed a high priority on transitioning today's farm to a new generation of agriculturist," says Bob Wells, Iowa State University Extension farm management specialist. "With this emphasis, the role farm women play in these discussions takes on a greater significance."
It is becoming increasingly important for today's farmer to be able to transfer the decision-making process to younger generations. Women have an important role in beginning these discussions about transfer plans. "Women recognize the need to begin these discussions far earlier than their male counterparts," Wells says. "They just want to know their future is secure."