Annie’s Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women’s role in modern farm and ranch enterprises. The mission of Annie’s Project is to empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. Annie’s Project is a six-week course that focuses on the five broad areas of agricultural risk: human, financial, marketing, production, and legal.
Sessions are designed to be very interactive between the presenters and the participants. Information presented is tailored to meet the needs of participants in their own geographical areas.
Annie was a woman who grew up in a small rural community with the life-long goal of being involved in production agriculture. She spent her lifetime learning how to be an involved business partner with her husband, and together they reached their goals and achieved success. Annie’s daughter, Ruth Hambleton, a former Extension Educator for the University of Illinois, founded Annie’s Project in 2000 in honor of her mother. Annie’s Project is designed to take Annie’s life experiences and share them with other women in agriculture who are living and working in this complex, dynamic business environment.
Sessions in Clinton County will be as follows:
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m.
• Human Resources Risk
• Introduction, Real Colors®, Family & Business Communications
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m.
• Financial Risk, Mission statement and goal setting, developing a business plan, balance sheets and credit scores
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m.
• Production Risk
Farm Service Agency and USDA-NRCS, Crop Insurance, Pest and Disease Management.
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m.
• Legal Risk
• Value-added, Liability issues, contracts and leases, estate planning
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6 p.m.
• Market Risk, Insurance for the farm family, marketing ‘niche’, grain marketing
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m.
• Work-Life Balance and Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate
• Healthy Mind – Happy Body
Dinner will be provided at all dates. Schedule subject to change.
Here are what people have said about this program:
“As a result of Annie’s Project, I’ve had great discussions with my husband.”
“I’ve started revamping our recordkeeping system. I feel like I have some direction now!”
“I believe attending Annie’s Project is the wisest investment of money I could have made. The amount of information learned from all the speakers is unbelievable. I feel like I can be a real asset to the farm operation now that I have a better understanding of the business.”
For more information please contact the OSU Extension-Clinton County office at (937)382-0901.