Women farmers and ranchers wanting to learn more about transition planning will benefit from a program that recently received USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture funding. The ISU Extension and Outreach Annie’s Project proposal, Farm Transition and Business Management Training for Women Farmers and Ranchers, was awarded $675,750 for curriculum development and course delivery.
The announcement is good news for beginning farmers like Lorilee Schultz. Schultz and two aunts took the first level Annie’s Project course and found it helpful, but she recognizes the need for a second level course. “To ensure the success of our dairy farm into the future, it is critical for us to increase our family’s knowledge and awareness of farm succession planning,” Schultz said.