Ron Hook, Field Specialist-Farm Management, Northwest Area
Many women have become involved in the operation of a farm business with little or no experience in the various aspects of management which are so important to the success of a farm business. These women have a desire to learn more about the farm business so that they can be more of an equal partner in managing the business.
Five Annies Project workshops were held at Spencer, Sioux City, Sheldon and West Bend during November 2006 through April 2007. The program included 3-hour sessions on a variety of management topics held in the afternoon and evening during six weeks. Topics included goal setting, estate planning, financial statements, various farm insurances, grain marketing, USDA programs, retirement planning and computer spreadsheets.
The workshops were attended by 62 farm women ranging in age from 20s to 70s. The groups rated the program 4.50 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being Very Valuable.
A Sheldon participant commented that she felt much more knowledgeable and involved in their farming operation when she and her husband went to visit their lender recently. She attributed that change to her participation in Annies Project. Her husband also commented about how excited she was to have had the opportunity to learn more about the farming operation and how he appreciated her increased interest in the decision making process.
A Sheldon participant related that when she told her banker about being enrolled in Annies Project and he gave her a check to cover the registration cost. His comment included high praise for Annies Project and the knowledge that participants gain about the various aspects of managing a farm business.
A Spencer participant reported that she has already been able to put information gained in Annies Project to use in discussion with other members of her familys farming operation as they made plans for the next year.
March 30, 2007
120 Farm and Business Management
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