AMES, Iowa – Annie’s Project and Annie’s-inspired farm business management courses will be offered in several locations across the state this winter. The Women in Ag Program at Iowa State University, part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is offering nine Annie’s Project courses beginning Jan. 10, and five other Annie’s-inspired courses beginning Jan. 4. Courses are three to six sessions long, and include a $75 registration fee, which covers meals and learning materials.
Annie’s Project is offered in Ames, Atlantic, Creston, Edgewood, Fort Dodge, Harlan, Ottumwa, Toledo and Washington. Course participants will learn effective decision-making strategies in five key management areas, including financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production. To learn more about the courses and to register, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag.
Advanced Grain Marketing will be offered in Red Oak. Understanding price risk management can help women improve the financial conditions of their grain or livestock farms. Women will learn terminology and the differences between a hedge and an option. A grain marketing simulation tool will give participants realistic practice with options. This course was designed with interactive, fun and hands-on learning opportunities.
Women Managing Farm Finances will be offered in Cherokee. Course participants will discover their attitudes toward money and compare farm record keeping systems. Women will explore the concepts of managerial accounting and practice using financial statements to analyze the farm business. Women Managing Farm Finances will incorporate interactive learning with case studies, quizzes and activities while allowing time for discussion and questions.
Women Managing Farmland will be offered in Charles City and Oskaloosa. This is a new multi-session course for 2023 and gives women the knowledge and confidence to improve farmland leasing and access practices, adopt new conservation systems and design more efficient land transitions to next generation farmers. Women will gain insights on how to improve communication with family members, partners and tenants.
Finally, Women Managing Crops will be offered in Newton. This course is designed for women of all ages and experience levels who want to know more about the key financial and agronomic decisions for corn and soybean production. The sessions take a seasonal approach and cover decision making for pre-planting, growing and harvest.
Annie’s Project is a national program reaching 38 states. The mission of Annie’s Project is to empower women in agriculture to be successful though education, networks and resources. Annie’s Project will celebrate 20 years of inspiring women in agriculture in 2023. The Annie for whom the program is named would have been 100 years old this month. The program was developed to help women like Annie achieve their agricultural goals.
In Iowa, 2,137 women have benefited from 124 Annie’s Project courses and 1,317 women have benefited from 97 Annie’s Inspired courses. Annie’s Inspired courses grew out of the requests for additional information from women participating in Annie’s Project. The extension farm management team, county extension professionals and others in the state work together to host local multi-session programs focused on agricultural risk management.
Farm Credit Services of America and USDA are major sponsors for these programs, which reduces the cost for all participants. Registration scholarships may be requested by contacting Madeline Schultz, Farm Management Team Women in Ag Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 515-294-0588.
Shareable photo: Laura Cunningham, a farmer from Nora Springs and a Women Impacting Agriculture honoree.