Farm Management for Women – Annie’s Project

by Karisha Devlin, University of Missouri Extension

University of Missouri Extension is offering Annie’s Project beginning March 2. The deadline to enroll is February 28. The course is targeted towards farm women, women landowners and new farmers. The course includes six evening sessions (Monday evenings) - March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and April 6. The location for this course is the Ralls County Courthouse in New London, MO.
Annie’s Project is an educational program that was created specifically for farm women. Topics include: risk management, estate planning, leases, record keeping software, ownership of property, insurance, financial statements, spreadsheets, writing a business plan, communication issues, personality traits, and marketing. The course will be taught by University of Missouri Extension personnel, as well as, guest speakers.
Women have always played a large role in agriculture. They drive tractors and combines, haul grain, keep records, and take care of their families. Women are becoming more involved in the business operations of the farm. Farm women have diverse backgrounds, some which prepare women well for the responsibilities of running a farm business. Other farm women come into farming operations by way of marriage or by means of their spouse or family members dying and leaving them in charge. Being married to a farmer or being a woman in a male dominated business has its challenges. Some women have learned to handle this responsibility very well and are valuable mentors.
Annie’s Project provides farm women with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make informed risk management decisions regarding their farm business. This will enable farm women to become better managers, and in turn, increase the viability of their farming operation. It also gives farm women an opportunity to network and interact with other women involved in agriculture. Farm women find answers, strength, and friendship, in Annie’s Project.
The fee for the course is $75. Limited scholarships for the course are available. For more information or a brochure contact Karisha Devlin at the Knox County Extension Office, 660-397-2179. University of Missouri is an Equal Opportunity/ADA institution.