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Annie's Project offered in two locations

Posted: Sat, December 17, 2016

Annie's Project offered in two locations

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a networking program that empowers women in agriculture to become better business partners and owners.

Annie’s Project is a six-week course designed to help farm women develop their management and decision-making skills. Farm women participating in Annie's Project courses become better business partners and owners by learning to manage and organize critical information for their own farms, while establishing networks with other farm women and agriculture business professionals.

According to ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Specialist, Melissa O’Rourke, Annie’s Project covers five areas of agricultural risk management: financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production.

O’Rourke states, “Our goal is to provide a program that is of great interest and value. Each session includes presentations, discussions, hands-on activities and computer skills training. In addition, guest speakers share their personal experiences and knowledge to help women become better business partners and owners.”

The course will be offered at two northeast Iowa locations. Online registration is available at or at your local County Extension office.  

Allamakee County Extension office, on Mondays from 6 p.m – 9 p.m. beginning January 30 and continuing February 6, 13, 20, 27; and March 6.  A light supper will be provided at 5:30 p.m.  The cost is $75.00.  Registration deadline is January 23.  For more information, contact Julie Christensen, Allamakee County, 563-568-6345,

Fayette County Extension office, on Thursdays, from 6 p.m – 9 p.m. beginning February 23 and continuing March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.  A light supper will be provided at 5:30 p.m.  The cost is $75.00.  Registration deadline is February 16.  For more information, contact Debra Kahler, 563-425-3331,

According to a 2012 survey conducted by ISU Extension and Outreach, 47 percent of Iowa’s farmland is owned by women. Annie’s Project supports these women by providing an agricultural business education program that empowers farm women who want to be more knowledgeable about their agricultural enterprises.

More than 33 states have implemented Annie’s Project sites since its inception in 2002. According to post-program surveys, participants have reported that the program encouraged learning and that the nurturing environment has facilitated ongoing conversation with local speakers. In addition, respondents were able to network with other professionals and stated that they felt comfortable interacting with others for additional information and assistance.

Overall, participants remarked that the courses were beneficial in understanding the factors in farming that pertain to women, their families, and the land.

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