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Farm Women are Decision Makers – Annie’s Project Prepares Them Well

It’s been several years since I’ve had the privilege to teach an Annie’s Project class and I’m pleased to announce in January 2016 I will be offering another class. Farm and ranch women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. At Annie’s Project courses, farmwomen become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through netwAnnieLogoorks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Annie’s Project is a six-week course that is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field. There’s plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting and connecting with presenters and fellow participants. It’s a relaxed, fun and dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other farm and agricultural women.

Whether new or experienced, understanding the five areas of agricultural risk, knowing how to analyze agricultural spreadsheets and other necessary skills are vital. Learning them in a friendly environment where questions and discussion are welcomed, allow the learning process to flourish.

Annie’s Project courses have successfully reached more than 9,000 farm and ranch women in 33 states.

Locally, Annie’s Project will start January 25th and run through March 7th in Geneva, NE at the Extension Office on 1340 G Street. Statewide, Farm Credit Services assists in sponsorship of the program. Locally, Flint Hills Resources has generously sponsored nearly all costs making this 18-hour course only $30 per participant! The registration fee guarantees participants a workbook and support materials for all sessions. A light supper will be served before each class at 6 p.m. Course size is limited, so please register soon.

An Annie’s Project alumna says, “I took the class to gain a better understanding about agribusiness and how financial decisions impact our farm operation. I have a better understanding of balance sheets and the futures market…this class has improved communication with my spouse on concerns he works with on a daily basis.”

For more information contact Brandy VanDeWalle, Nebraska Extension Educator at 402-759-3712 or brandy.vandewalle@unl.edu. Registration forms are available at fillmore.unl.edu. More information can be found on the Annie’s Project website..

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