Farm management education for women in Iowa

Annie's Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise. The courses foster problem solving, record keeping, and decision-making skills in farm women

Courses are offered through a network of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach educators, including farm management specialists, value added agriculture specialists, and county staff that have received Annie's Project curriculum training.

Course Catalog

Annie's Project I:
Farm Management

  • Focus is on five areas of risk management: financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production.
  • May be geared towards commodity or value added/niche production, or a combination, depending on needs of specific location.
  • 18 contact hours = six, three-hour classes

Managing for Today and Tomorrow:
Farm Transition Planning 

  • Business, estate, retirement and succession planning for agriculture operations
  • 15 contact hours = five, three-hour classes


Annie's Project I:
Value Added Ag Emphasis

  • Covers all five areas of agricultural risk, just like other Annie’s Project courses. However, this course will focus on niche production, small-scale operations, direct marketing, further processing, agritourism, and other value added types of agriculture.
  • 24 contact hours = four, six-hour classes

Grain Marketing

  • Understand market risk and develop a marketing plan
  • 8 contact hours = four, two-hour classes

Women Managing Dairy Cattle

  • Managing risk with emphasis on dairy operation
  • 9 contact hours = three, three-hour classes

Upcoming Classes

Starting dates for each location are listed below. Each course meets weekly. Listing is updated as classes are added throughout the year.

Date Location Class
Nov 11 Holy Cross Women Managing Dairy Cattle


For more information

Keep up to date on course announcements and join in the discussion with other Annie's Project students on our Facebook page. Interested in learning more about Annie's Project, the history and the people behind the program? Visit Annie's Project national web page for more details. Watch Annie's Project participants share what the courses mean to them and how they've used the information.

For more information about Annie's Project in Iowa contact Marsha Laux, state coordinator, at (319) 796-4362 or or Lani McKinney, (515) 294-2136 or