Agriculture

Women Planning Ag Businesses Course Set in Edgewood Starting January 2022

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clayton and Delaware Counties will be hosting a five-week course set to begin on January 25 in Edgewood. Women Planning Ag Businesses is a multi-session course designed to guide participants through a process to establish or expand a farm-based or rural business.

Thoughtful planning is the key to business success.  The course will cover a wide variety of topics specifically for women interested in exploring, starting, enhancing, or expanding their farm or rural business.  The program will meet in Edgewood at Woods Edge Golf Course on five consecutive Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon starting on January 25 and continuing February 1, 8, 15 and 22.

The course offers step-by-step approaches for developing business plans for local foods, family farm growth or transition, or other rural businesses.  The course includes five sessions and will feature a variety of presenters on subjects such as production methods, new markets, human resource management, financial analysis, risk management and other topics important to building sustainable, profitable businesses.  Participants will access valuable resources, networking and support while constructing business plans.

The program is being jointly coordinated by the Delaware and Clayton County ISU Extension and Outreach offices Women from anywhere in the region are welcome to join.  The deadline to register is January 18th and is limited to 25 women.  A registration fee of $75 covers the five 3-hour sessions, all course materials, and lunch provided for each session.  To register online visit: https://www.aep.iastate.edu/womeninag/2022/edgewood.html

For more information contact Jade Hargrafen at the ISU Delaware County Extension office (563-927-4201 or jadeh@iastate.edu).

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