Annie's Project: Farm Business Management

November 2, November 9, November 16, November 23, November 30 and December 7, 2020 | Jefferson, 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.  

    COVID-19 Response

    We are prioritizing the health and safety of Iowans and are following the most current federal, state, local, and university COVID-19 guidelines. Visit Open for Iowa to learn our protocols to keep Iowans healthy and safe. Participants are strongly encouraged to wear a cloth face covering when in the presence of others and unable to maintain a six-foot physical distance.

    If it becomes necessary to alter the program or cancel this program, attendees will be notified by email as well as notices posted here. Registration fees will be refunded in the event of cancellation or if any individual wishes to cancel their registration.


    November 2, November 9, November 16, November 23, November 30 and December 7, 2020

    Check-in opens at 8:45 aM. Program begins at 9:00 aM and concludes at 12:00 pM.


    Greene County Extension and Outreach
    104 W Washington St
    Jefferson, Iowa 50129

    Local sponsor

    Green County Corn Growers

    Statewide sponsors

    Farm Credit Services




    Registration, prior to midnight, October 26, 2020

    Registration includes meal and course materials.


    • Registration deadline is midnight, October 26, 2020. 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


    Lori Mannel

    Lori Mannel
    county extension director
    Greene County Extension

    Tim Christensen

    Tim Christensen
    Extension farm management field specialist