Women in Agriculture Program

Farm management education for women in Iowa

Educational programs 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 Women in Agriculture curriculum training.

 

Current classes

Annie's Project classes are offered throughout the year. Visit the class location page for more details and to register. Advance registration is required to attend any Women in Agriculture class. Check back throughout the year as more classes are added.

Status Start date Host county Location(s)
Annie's Project: Farm Business Management
January 30, 2017 Allamakee Allamakee County Extension, Waukon, Iowa
February 23, 2017 Osceola Osceola Community Hospital, Sibley, Iowa
Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning
January 30, 2017 Story County Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Ames, Iowa
Women Planning Value Added Ag Businesses
January 27, 2017 Story County Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Ames, Iowa
Women Managing Cattle
November 29, 2016 Henry County Henry Co. Extension office, Mt Pleasant, Iowa
January 11, 2017 Polk County DMACC West Campus, West Des Moines, Iowa
January 12, 2017 Adair County Warren Cultural Center, Greenfield, Iowa
Women Managing Crops
       
Women Marketing Grain
February 6, 2017 Jasper County DMACC Newton Campus, Newton, Iowa
February 21, 2017 East Pottawattamie County Oakland Community Center, Oakland, Iowa

 

Course descriptions

Additional course details and objectives available on class location pages. (listed above)

Annie's Project: Farm Business Management

Focus is on five areas of risk management: financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production. Course 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

Focus on business, estate, retirement and succession planning for agriculture operations. 15 contact hours = five, three-hour classes

Heartbeat of the Farm: Human Resource Management

Focus on employee supply, recruitment and law; family and business communications; employee supervision and retention; health, stress and well-being. 12 contact hours = four, three-hour classes

Women Managing Cattle

Focus on cost of production, marketing strategies and production systems. 9 contact hours = three, three-hour classes

Women Marketing Grain

Focus on managing price risk using tools like forward contracts, futures and options contracts, alternative marketing contracts, and crop insurance. 12 contact hours = four, three-hour classes

 

Learn more

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 Madeline Schultz, state coordinator, at (515) 294-0588 or schultz@iastate.edu or Lisa Scarbrough, (515) 294-4972 or lscarb@iastate.edu.

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