Annie's Project to begin March 18th in Cherokee
Farm women have always been an integral part of any farm operation. But the numbers show that the role of women in farming continues to grow in Iowa.
The most recent USDA Census of Agriculture shows that nearly one-quarter of Iowa’s farm operators are women. That’s nearly 33,000 women.
“And we expect that number to grow in the 2012 census,” says Melissa O’Rourke, Farm & Agribusiness Management Specialist in northwest Iowa.
“That’s why Iowa State University Extension is offering Annie’s Project to farm women in northwest Iowa,” says O’Rourke.
Annie’s Project is a farm management risk education program designed for women and facilitated by women agriculture professionals. O’Rourke describes Annie’s Project as a six-week program “intended to educate and empower farm women to be better business partners by managing and organizing critical information, improving decision-making skills, and networking with other farm women.”
The program starts on March 18th at the Cherokee County, Iowa State Extension Office at 209 Centennial Drive in Cherokee, for six consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. A light supper will be served each week at 5:30pm.
Sessions include brief presentations and extended discussions with women agriculture professionals on topics of importance to participants’ future in agribusiness. Topics covered include building and understanding farm financial statements, grain marketing, crop and farm business insurance, farm tax and accounting issues, legal liability and employment issues, transition, estate and financial planning.
“Additional topics are addressed depending on the needs and interests of the group,” says O’Rourke.
Registration is required by March 12th and course size is limited to 20 people. Contact Mary Tuttle at 712-225-6196 or email her at email@example.com if you have any questions.
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