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Project empowers farm women

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By Rick Greenwell

Annie’s Project is a six-week workshop that empowers farm women to be better business partners in the ever changing, dynamic, and complex world of agriculture. This project includes brief presentations and extended discussions with agricultural professionals. Women wanting to take a more active role in the business side of the farming operation will find this program motivating and enjoyable. The success of the project has enabled it to grow from a Southwest Illinois program to one that is now offered in over 14 states including Kentucky. Join us as we embark on strengthening our female leadership within agriculture.

The History of Annie – Annie grew up in a small town in northern Illinois and eventually married a farmer. Annie spent her lifetime learning how to be an involved business partner with her husband. While they were successful, the learning process was not easy.

Seeing her struggles, Annie’s daughter an agent in Illinois created Annie’s Project to take her experiences and shares them with farm women living and working in a complex business.

The Marion, Nelson and Washington County Extension Services will be having Annie’s Projects starting January 14, 2009. Listed below is the curriculum.

• January 14, 2009 – Washington County

• Introduction Course Outline

• Understanding the “Colors” of Personality

• Goal Setting/Mission Statements

• January 21, 2009 – Washington County

• Goal Setting/Mission Statements

• How property is titled?

• Retirement & Estate Planning

• Financial Term-inology

• January 28, 2009 – Nelson County

• Financial Doc-umentation: Using Spreadsheets, Net Worth & Budgets

• Farm Business Plans

• February 4, 2009 – Marion County

• Farm Leasing Arrangements

• USDA Programs

• Insurance – Crop & Family

• February 11, 2009 – Marion County

• Price Risk Manage-ment

• Grain & Livestock Marketing

• Alternative Enter-prises/Income Sources

• February 18, 2009 – Nelson County

• Participants Choice Topic

• Complete Farm Bus-iness Plans

• Evaluations

The time for each program is 5:30 – 9 p.m. Dinner is provided each night. For more information please contact the Washington County Extension Office at 859-336-7741. The registration deadline is Jan. 7, 2009