AgDM newsletter article, December 2005

Winter farm management programs

Ann Holsteby Ann M. Holste, Extension Program Specialist, 515-294-4197,

Iowa State University Extension farm management specialists provide several different programs over the winter months. Descriptions are listed here for a few of these programs. Dates, contact information, and Web site addresses for these programs also are listed on the ISU Extension calendar: A link to this calendar is available from the Ag Decision Maker home page.

Agricultural Management e-School

The mission of the Agricultural Management e-School (AMES) is to extend management education to agricultural producers, educators and service providers. AMES is a series of in-depth self-study courses and resource centers that complement traditional meetings, bulletins and newsletters.

Courses currently available:

AMES courses are available at any time of day all year round. Specific course information and on-line registration is available at:, or contact Tim Eggers at

Annie’s Project

Annie’s Project was created to empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. The program includes a series of six sessions that cover various farm management topics ranging from human resources and time management to retirement planning. The final meeting topic is determined by the class.

Annie’s Project instructors have been trained in many states. States that currently have Annie’s Project sites in planning stages are Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and North Dakota. If there is not a site near you, ask the contact person for your state to add you to their list of interested clients. In Iowa, several locations are available over the winter months. To find out if Annie’s Project meetings are being held near you, visit:, or contact Tim Eggers at

Cow-Calf Risk Strategies

This program features how cow-calf and stocker operators can manage risk associated with marketing. Learn how to develop a marketing plan for feeder cattle and cows; understand price patterns and forecasts; and how to use futures, options and revenue protection.

A state-wide web cast is planned for Jan. 9 and two-day workshops around Iowa begin shortly after. Specific dates, contact information, and registration forms for the workshops are available on the Web site:

Winning the Game

The ISU farm management specialists in cooperation with Farm Bureau’s education department conduct “Winning the Game” Marketing Workshops throughout the state. Pre-harvest cash grain marketing strategies were the main features of these workshops in 2004. There are three different options for the coming season. These include Post-harvest Marketing, Dairy Marketing, and Launching a Marketing Plan.  Local lenders and grain elevators assist with financial support for these meetings.

The key elements of this meeting include:

Session locations and dates are available from Iowa Farm Bureau at: Register through county Farm Bureau offices or contact Ed Kordick at

Women's Conferences

The Women in Denim and the Overall Women Conferences are for women involved in agriculture, whether it is managing their own farm operations, as business partners, impacted by the farm economy, or just wanting to learn more about today's agriculture.

Women in Denim
This conference is dedicated to:

The second annual conference will be held on Jan. 20-21, 2006 at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Last year there were more than 220 participants.  For 2006, there is room for 300, with 35 workshops available to choose from. An early-bird registration fee of $25 is available until December 15, after that the fee is $40, this includes some meals. To sign up for available vendor space or other information, contact Rhonda Christensen at Registration forms and more information can be found on-line at:

Overall Women
The second Overall Women's conference will be held in Cedar Rapids at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel on February 10-11, 2006.

New for 2006 are:

An early-bird registration fee of $100 is available until January 27, after that the fee is $125 for the 2-full days of conference activity, including meals.  See the web site: for registration information and more details on the conference workshops.

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