Find a Mentor with SCORE and the Women Planning Ag Businesses Class

August 22, 2017

Find a Mentor with SCORE and the Women Planning Ag Businesses Class

USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at 2017 Iowa Ag SummitUSDA Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, signed an agreement with SCORE at the 2017 Iowa Ag Summit on August 5, 2017. “Shepherding one generation to the next is our responsibility. We want to help new farmers, veterans, and people transitioning from other industries to agriculture,” said Secretary Perdue. “They need land, equipment, and access to capital, but they also need advice and guidance. That's what SCORE is all about.”
 
For over 50 years, SCORE has been matching business professionals with new entrepreneurs to mentor them through the process of starting-up and maintaining a new business. Steve Records, Vice-President of Field Operations for SCORE noted, “The partnership allows both SCORE and USDA to serve more people while providing America’s farmers added support to lead to more sound business operations, create profitable farms with sustainable growth and create new jobs. We are excited at the opportunity to extend SCORE’s impact to our farmers and the agriculture industry.”
 
After the announcement, Madeline Schultz, was part of a Panel discussion at 2017 Iowa Ag Summit on August 5, 2017. “With education and support, we’ve seen Iowa women grow very successful agricultural businesses. Yet, there is a critical need for more mentoring, especially in the areas of financial and human resource planning,” she stated. “These rural businesses are a valuable part of Iowa’s economic development as well as our food security.”

Madeline is leading one statewide Women Planning Ag Businesses course next winter. Women from across the state are invited to participate in the program. The course includes four classroom sessions and one tour. It takes place over five Saturdays from February 3, 2018 to March 3, 2018. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is partnering with the Iowa Farm Service Agency to link course participants with SCORE volunteer mentors. This will be a unique opportunity for class participants to gain one-on-one business mentoring in person, online, or over the phone.

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