Annie's Project: Farm Business Management

February 8, February 15, February 22, March 1, March 8 and March 15, 2021 | Fort Dodge, 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 Precautions

    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. Cloth face coverings are required while attending this event. 

    When

    February 8, February 15, February 22, March 1, March 8 and March 15, 2021

    Program begins at 6:00 PM and concludes at 9:00 PM.

    Where

    Webster County Fairgrounds
    22770 Old Hwy 169
    Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

    Statewide sponsors

    Farm Credit Services

    USDA

    Register

    $75

    Registration, prior to midnight, February 1, 2021

    Registration includes meal and course materials.

    Reminders

    • Registration deadline is midnight, February 1, 2021. 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 anr@iastate.edu.