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Ag Informer – Women in Ag Conference

Annie’s Project for Farm Women Coming to Edgewood in February

Farm women have always been an integral part of any farm operation. But the numbers show that the role of women in farming continues to grow in Iowa.

The most recent USDA Census of Agriculture shows that nearly one-quarter of Iowa’s farm operators are women.  That’s nearly 33,000 women.  And even more women are involved in related agribusiness operations.

The program starts on Tuesday, February 7th at Woods Edge Golf Course in Edgewood. The class meets for six consecutive afternoons Feb. 7th-March 14th, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. with a social hour at 4:00 p.m.

The registration fee is $75 for the 18-hour program and includes all materials.  Class size is limited to 25 women.

Annie’s Project is a farm management risk education program designed for women and facilitated by women agriculture professionals.  Sessions include brief presentations and extended discussions with women agriculture professionals on topics of importance to participants’ future in agribusiness.

Topics covered include building and understanding farm financial statements, grain marketing, crop and farm business insurance, farm tax and accounting issues, legal liability and employment issues, transition, estate and financial planning. “Additional topics are addressed depending on the needs and interests of the group,” says O’Rourke. Annie’s Project is funded in part by a grant from the USDA Risk Management Agency and is also supported by Farm Credit Services of America.

For more information about the Annie’s Project program in Edgewood, contact the Delaware County Extension office at 563-927-4201 or e-mail Jade Schneider at [email protected].   More information and online registration is available at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag/

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