Annie’s Project Courses Offered by Iowa State University Extension

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering Annie’s Project courses at nine locations this winter. The course, offered by the Value Added Agriculture Program, aims to educate women on risk management aspects of farming so they can be more fully involved in their farm operations.

The Annie’s Project course takes place in six 3-hour sessions. Course curriculum covers 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

“The goal of Annie’s Project is to empower women to take active leadership roles in their farming operations,” said Marsha Laux, Annie’s Project state coordinator and extension program coordinator with the Value Added Agriculture Program. “Like any venture into a new enterprise in agriculture, this requires careful planning and use of the right tools and strategies.”

Winter 2013 Annie’s Project Course offerings

  • Algona: Sessions will be held Thursday nights, Jan. 17 - Feb. 28, at the ISU Extension and Outreach - Kossuth County Office at 1121 B, Hwy 18 E, Algona, from 6 - 9 p.m. For more information, contact Carrie Gatton at 515-295-2469. Algona Brochure (PDF).
  • Carroll: Sessions will be held Tuesday nights, Jan. 8 – Feb. 12, at the Harold Bierl Community Building, Carroll, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. For more information, contact Julee Grell at 712-792-2364 or Shane Ellis at 515-520-0601. Carroll Brochure (PDF)
  • Fort Dodge: Sessions will be held Monday nights, Jan. 14 – Feb. 18, at the Career Education Building, Room 110, One Triton Circle, Fort Dodge, from 6 - 9 p.m. For more information, contact Sue Schmitz at 515-832-9597.
  • Guthrie Center: Sessions will be held Monday evenings, Feb. 4 – March 11, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and March 4 classes will be at the Farm Bureau Hall, 203 N 4th, Guthrie Center. The remaining classes will be held at the ISU Extension and Outreach - Guthrie County Office, 212 State St., Guthrie Center. For more information, contact Mary Ebert at 641-747-2276. Guthrie Center Flier (PDF)
  • Marshalltown: Sessions will be held Tuesday nights, Feb. 5 - March 12 (with March 19 as snow date), at the ISU Extension and Outreach - Marshall County Office at 2608 South 2nd St., Marshalltown. For more information, contact Amy Pieper at 641-752-1551. Marshalltown Brochure (PDF)
  • New Hampton: Sessions will be held Tuesday nights, Feb. 5 – March 19, at the ISU Extension and Outreach - Chickasaw County Office at 104 E. Main St., New Hampton, from 6 - 9 p.m. For more information, contact Danielle Day at 641-394-2174.
  • Oskaloosa: Sessions will be held Thursday nights from Jan. 24 - March 7, at the ISU Extension and Outreach - Mahaska County Office at 212 N I St., Oskaloosa, from 6 - 9 p.m. For more information, contact Natalie Spray or Bob Wells at the extension office.
  • Red Oak: Sessions will be held Thursday nights, Jan. 17 – Feb. 28, at the ISU Extension and Outreach - Montgomery County Office at 400 Bridge St., Suite #2, Red Oak, from 6 - 9 p.m. For more information, contact Stephanie Langner at 712-623-2592.
  • Waukon: Sessions will be held Thursday nights, Feb. 7 - March 21, at the Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank Community Room, 201 West Main St., Waukon, from 6 - 9 p.m. Contact Julie Christensen at 563-568-6345 or Kristen Schulte at 563-547-3001.

Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. Registration may be done online at https://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/annie/quickregister.html.

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