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 Cattle


  • Managing risk with emphasis on cow-calf and feedlot farm businesses
  • 9 contact hours = three, three-hour classes
 

2014 Class Schedule

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
Mar 3 Independence Grain Marketing
Mar 4 Osage Managing for Today
Mar 6 Denison Annie's Project I
Mar 13 Van Horne Managing for Today
Mar 17 Graettinger Annie's Project I
Mar 18 Cherokee Annie's Project I

 

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 mlaux@iastate.edu or Lani McKinney, (515) 294-2136 or lanim@iastate.edu