Madeline Schultz
Value Added Agriculture for Women

515-294-0588
schultz@iastate.edu

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One-third of Iowa farmers are women, so ISU Extension and Outreach has developed new courses specifically for women. May and June courses provide practical information for managing human resources and grain marketing risks on family farms.

The professional development journey of Iowa’s women in agriculture comes with specific needs. ISU Extension and Outreach offices throughout the state offer a variety of Annie’s Project courses to meet those needs.

ISU Extension and Outreach is offering a specialized Annie's Project course on value added agriculture farm business plan development. The course, specifically for women, will be held in Ames.

In both subtle and obvious ways, the changing roles of farm and ranch women are influencing American agriculture and global food security. To tell the story of farm and ranch women’s changing roles, the new Women in Ag Learning Network is hosting a series of three webinars beginning on Nov. 18.

A special value added agriculture Annie’s Project course is coming to Ames in March. The course covers five areas of agricultural risk: financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production.

Annie's Project helped Nicole Jonas write a business plan and add value to her farm business. The classes "made me realize things I needed to be doing or be doing better on Red Granite Farm and helped me focus on it as a real business,” Jonas said.

Some 1,500 Iowa farm women are among the 10,000 farm women across the country who participated in Annie’s Project. On Sept. 18, Annie’s Project celebrates 10 years of empowering farm women to be better business partners and owners.

Farm women can learn how to plan a successful farm transition through a five-session course offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The “Managing for Today and Tomorrow” program, a new Annie’s Project course, is being offered in Jefferson on Thursday evenings, Feb. 21 – March 21.

Nine women involved in value-added agriculture graduated on Dec. 3 from a special Annie’s Project workshop sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and held in Boone. At graduation, each woman had a business plan created by applying information they received during the course.

“Managing for Today and Tomorrow," a new Annie’s Project course covering business, estate, retirement and succession planning, will be offered in Carroll as well as Ames and Shenandoah. The Carroll course will be held on four consecutive Thursdays, beginning March 8. Registration deadline is March 6.