Annie's Project Course Offered in Boone and Fairfield


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Annie’s Project Course Offered by Iowa State University Extension

Contact: Madeline Schultz, 515-294-0588,

 Women involved in farm operations can learn more about risk management on the farm and value-added agriculture opportunities at one of two upcoming workshops sponsored by Iowa State University Extension. Beginning October 29, a workshop will be held at the Des Moines Area Community College, Room 219 in Boone and beginning October 30, a workshop will be at the ISU Extension and Outreach Office in Fairfield. Boone classes will be Monday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. through December 3. Fairfield classes will be Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. through December 4.

“With the growth and emphasis on local foods, more people are interested in pursuing this segment of agricultural production,” said Marsha Laux, Annie’s Project state coordinator and program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension's Value Added Agriculture Program. “This requires careful planning and using the right tools and strategies.”

The Annie’s Project course takes place in six three-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.

 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. Registration may be done online at For more information on the Boone Course, contact Schultz at 515-294-0588 or For more information on the Fairfield course, contact Laux, at 319-796-4362 or General inquiries can be directed to Lani McKinney at 515-294-9483 or

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