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Area women complete Annie’s Project

April 17, 2018
From: Cheryl Bruene - Executive Director - Tama Co. / Ia. State Univ. Extension and Outreach , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A total of 15 area women who are involved in farming 11 Iowa counties and in Illinois, recently completed Annie's Project in Toledo on March 28.

The six-session series was sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Grundy, Marshall, and Tama counties with help from Lincoln Savings Bank, local offices of FSA & NRCS, Norma Meade, attorney; and Mid-Iowa Cooperative.

Nationally, Annie's Project was funded by a grant from RMA Community Partnerships and a gift from Farm Credit Services of America.

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Participants included: Darla Andersen, Cedar Falls; Melinda Eggers, Gladbrook; Katie Parker, Buckingham; Deb Johnson, Gladbrook; Barbara Burt, Marshalltown; Kelvin Leibold, ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist; Shelly Luiken, Grundy Center; Christy Calderwood, Traer; Deb Foss, La Porte City; Sara Forrester, Traer; Barb Seda, Gladbrook; Kristi Heffelmeier, Buckingham; Shiela Luiken, Grundy Center; and Amber Miller, Bondurant. Not pictured: Carol Slifer, Marshalltown and Mattie Brawner, Cedar Falls.
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Farm Women are Decision Makers

Annie's Project Prepares Them Well

Farm and ranch women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. At Annie's Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Annie's Project is a six-week course that is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field. There's plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting and connecting with presenters and fellow participants. It's a relaxed, fun and dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other farm women.

Whether new or experienced, understanding the five areas of agricultural risk, knowing how to analyze agricultural spreadsheets and other necessary skills are vital. Learning them in a friendly environment where questions and discussion are welcomed, allow the learning process to flourish.



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