September 18, 2013

Memorial Union, Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa


Annie’s Project is celebrating 10 years of bringing agricultural risk management education to Iowa farm women. All Iowa farm women are invited to join in the celebration. For past Annie's Project students it's a chance to reunite and celebrate. And for those who are new to Annie's Project this is the perfect opportunity to learn what the program, and people, are all about...and have some fun, too! There's a full program packed with options to chose from, creating a day filled with learning, listening and sharing.

The celebration takes place in the Memorial Union on the Iowa State University campus. Check-in opens at 8:00 am and the program begins at 8:30 am. The program concludes at 5:00 pm. Registration is just $25 and preregistration is required to attend. Registration deadline is midnight, September 13. More details and online registration are available on the registration page.

Guided Intelligence: The Annie's Project Story

Celebrate Ten Years of Annie’s Project with the program founder. Learn why and how this agricultural risk management program all got started and the unique role Iowa State University played in spreading educational opportunities for farm women across Iowa and to 34 states. Ruth Hambleton is the founder of Annie’s Project. She is a retired University of Illinois Extension Agribusiness and Marketing Specialist, President of Annie’s Project Education for Farm Women Not-for-Profit, and Adjunct Lecturer at Southern Illinois University - Agricultural Business Program.

Women in the Changing Farmscape

Mary Swander, Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa and distinguished professor of English at Iowa State University, will perform selections from her play and latest book, Farmscape. She will discuss how women are involved with the land, with the business of farming, and with leadership roles in their families and communities.


Annie's Project students love to learn and there will be two workshop sessions and 10 options to choose from. Ag Decision Maker is a decision-oriented agricultural business web site designed for farmers, lenders, farm managers, and others. Choose from five workshop options: Resources for estate planning, budgeting, grain marketing, farmland leasing, or a checklist for agricultural employers. Iowa State University has a vast array of centers and programs that bring together researchers and educators to focus on current topics facing agriculture. Five will be present for attendees to chose from: Iowa Beef Industry Center, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Farm Energy Project, Safe Farm, and the Beginning Farmer Center.


The Iowa State campus is recognized for it's beauty. But, there's also history around every corner and surprises in each building. Sample a few on the agricultural excellence tours: Morrill Hall, Farm House Museum, Agronomy Hall, Kildee Hall and Meats Laboratory, and the Union Drive Marketplace. But we don't stop there. The Iowa State University campus extends far beyond the lush green central campus. Check out behind-the-scenes tours of the BioCentury Research Farm, Dairy Farm, Horticulture Farm, Vet Med Diagnostics Laboratory and Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center.

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