Annie's Project: Farm Business Management

January 17, January 24, January 31, February 7, February 12 and February 21, 2019 | Rock Rapids, Iowa

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

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
  • Format

    • 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.  


    January 17, January 24, January 31, February 7, February 12 and February 21, 2019

    Meal 5:30 PM.
    Program begins at 6:00 PM and concludes at 9:00 PM.


    Frontier Bank
    301 Main St
    Rock Rapids, Iowa

    Statewide sponsors

    Farm Credit Services




    Registration, prior to midnight January 10, 2019

    Registration includes meal and course materials.


    • Registration deadline is midnight, January 10, 2019. Pre-registration is required.
    • Class size is limited and pre-registration is required to attend. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis.
    • Confirmation of registration is sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering
    • To cancel your registration, or for assistance with registration, receipts, or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or


    Margaret Murphy

    Margaret Murphy
    horticulture educator and regional food coordinator
    Lyon County Extension

    Gary Wright

    Gary Wright
    Farm Business Management Field Specialist