Annie’s Project Course Offered for Women Involved in Farm Operations
The Annie’s Project course takes place in six three-hour sessions, with course curriculum covering five areas of agricultural risk: financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production. Women will learn more about:
- Financial ratios, balance sheets, budgeting, enterprise analysis and business planning.
- Human communication and management styles, and insurance needs.
- Legal issues, estate laws, property title, food safety, and employee requirements.
- Marketing plans and access to market information.
- Production tools, farmland leasing, USDA programs and soil maps.
Additionally, these workshops will have a specific focus on value-added agriculture opportunities, including direct marketing, niche production areas and small-scale enterprise budgets.
“By brining local professionals into the classroom, women considering or involved in adding value to their on-farm production will develop new networks and be able to utilize new resources to grow their businesses,” said Madeline Schultz, Annie’s Project national co-director and ISU Extension Value Added Agriculture Program manager.
Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. A small registration fee includes materials for all six sessions, as well as a light meal to start off each class. Registration may be done online at https://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/annie/quickregister.html. For assistance with registration or to pick up a brochure that explains more about the class, contact the Greene County Extension office at 515-386-2138.
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