New Course for Farm Women to be Offered in Carroll

AMES, Iowa — “Managing for Today and Tomorrow” is a new Annie’s Project course being introduced in Iowa this spring. The course began Feb. 28 in Ames and Shenandoah  another offering begins March 8 in Carroll.

“We’re happy to be a partner in bringing this valuable program to Carroll County,” said Sarah Dorman, West Central communications specialist. “As farm businesses continue to be more technical and diverse in their operations, operators need to be more understanding of the intricate details that go into operating their businesses. It’s important to have training programs such as Annie’s Project for our customers to be able to grow their operations.”

Farm women will learn about business, estate, retirement and succession planning from ISU Extension and Outreach specialists and area professionals. Besides brief presentations, there will be discussions based on participant questions and follow-up activities for family members to complete at home. The Carroll course is being sponsored by Carroll County State Bank, Farm Credit Services of America and West Central.

“This new curricula emphasizes the role women play in helping transition farms from one generation to the next,” said Madeline Schultz, ISU Extension and Outreach Value Added Agriculture program specialist. “'Managing for Today and Tomorrow' will empower women to take ownership of the future of their farms, particularly as it deals with the communication and legal aspects of transitioning.”

"Managing for Today and Tomorrow" meets from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the Carroll County State Bank, 126 West Sixth St., Carroll. The cost is $50 per person, which includes a 260-page workbook with fact sheets, hands-on activities and presentations. A light dinner will be served prior to class start time. Course size is limited, and registration is due by March 6.

For more information and to register, call Lani McKinney at the Value Added Agriculture Program on the Iowa State campus at 515-294-2136 or email her at Farm women may also register online at

"Managing for Today and Tomorrow" is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2011-49400-30584. More information can be found on the Annie’s Project website at