Annie's Project: Farm Business Management

A six-session course created to guide women in making good decisions for their farm business.

February 15, February 22, March 1, March 8, March 15 and March 22, 2018

Meal 5:30 pm, class 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Keystone AEA, 1400 N 2nd Street, Elkader, IA

What is Annie’s Project: Farm Business Management?

Annie’s Project is the agricultural business education program that empowers farm and ranch women who want to be more knowledgeable about their agricultural enterprises. Women learn best with and from other women, and Annie’s Project takes advantage of that fact by creating a comfortable and supportive learning environment focused on the best farm business management practices. Course participants will learn effective strategies to make good decisions in five key management areas including financial, human resources, legal, marketing, and production topics.

Course Curriculum

Managing Finances

  • Financial ratios and balance sheets
  • Working with lenders
  • The intersection of family and farm finances

Managing Human Resources

  • Improving family and business communication
  • Choosing insurance for the farm family

Managing Legal Issues

  • Property titles and asset ownership
  • Estate planning terms, concepts and tools
  • Liability protection

Managing Marketing

  • Determining break-even price points
  • Accessing market information
  • Developing marketing plans

Managing Production

  • Using Ag Decision Maker and Web Soil Survey tools
  • Enrolling in USDA programs
  • Purchasing crop or livestock insurance
  • Updating farmland leases


  • Brief presentations and extended discussion with women ag professionals
  • Important topics affecting farm operations
  • Learn about resources available to farm women
  • Network with other farm women
  • Annie’s Project is hands-on, not just lectures.  

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Cost: $75. Includes meals and class materials.

Dates: meets once a week for six weeks on
February 15, February 22, March 1, March 8, March 15 and March 22, 2018

Time: Meal 5:30 pm, class 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Deadline: midnight, February 8, 2018
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required to attend. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis.

Cancellation: To cancel your registration please call (515) 294-6429 or email A refund will be issued in 7-10 days.

Confirmation: registration receipts are sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering.

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or


Holly Loan
executive coordinator, Clayton County Extension
(563) 245-1451 |

Melissa O'Rourke
Farm Business Management Field Specialist
(712) 395-0006 |