Ag Notes

Women Wanting to Learn More About Running the Farm


Annie’s Project

Women involved in agriculture and wanting to learn more about managing risk on the farm can sign up for Annie’s Project classes this winter. Annie’s Project was originated by Ruth Hambleton before she retired from Illinois Extension.

Annie’s Project – Education for Farm Women is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational programs (Annie’s Projects) designed to strengthen women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise. Currently, classes are being taught in 33 states. Annie’s Projects foster problem solving, record keeping, and decision-making skills in farm women.
The six educational sessions of the course include topics from the five risk areas. As Annie’s Project has been localized to meet the needs of farm and ranch women across the country, topics or emphases may vary.
  • Financial Risk – women and money, basic financial documentation, interpreting financial statements, enterprise analysis, USDA programs, and record keeping systems
  • Human Resource Risk – communication and management styles, insurance needs, and succession planning
  • Legal Risk – estate planning, farmland leasing, and employee management
  • Market Risk – access to market information and grain or livestock marketing
  • Production Risk – Natural Resources Conservation Service, web soil survey, and crop insurance