Annie's Project to Begin January 17th

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in Montgomery County is excited to offer Annie’s Project in Red Oak.  The program empowers farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.  A steering committee met at the extension office on December 19th and identified two topics unique to this site.  The first Annie’s Project in southwest Iowa was held in Red Oak in 2005.  Since then, more than 200 farm women have participated in 11 southwest Iowa sites.

The six-week course is designed especially for farm women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their farms. Sessions include brief presentations, discussions focused on the participants’ questions, and computer training to use spreadsheets. Annie’s Project gives farm women the opportunity to learn from female agricultural professionals and network with other women in similar situations.

Annie’s Project will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on January 17, January 24, January 31, February 7, February 14, and February 21. Topics include understanding market terminology, interpreting financial statements, and sifting through estate planning tools.

Tim Eggers, ISU Extension Field Ag Economist, and Stephanie Langner, Montgomery County Program Coordinator, thank the members of the Annie’s Project Steering Committee for their time and guidance. Eggers and Langner will be seeking presenters in the areas of real estate transactions and drought influenced cow/calf feed management as a result of the steering committee’s guidance. 

The cost is $75 per person, and a light dinner will be served each evening. Course size is limited. Preregistration is due by January 14. Annie’s Project is being funded by a grant from the USDA Risk Management Agency.  Farm Credit Services of America is a statewide sponsor of Annie’s Project in 2013. 

For more information and to register, call Montgomery County Extension at 712-623-2592 or e-mail Stephanie Langner at  Registration can also be done online at


Annie’s Project for Women Managing Risks of Value Added and Commodity Agriculture in Iowa: St. Paul, MN RMA Region is based upon work supported by USDA/FCIC Risk Management Agency under accounting number 12-IE-53102-029.

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