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 Course Location
open Jan 25 Women Planning Ag Businesses Edgewood, Iowa
open Jan 27 Managing for Today and Tomorrow West Burlington and Mt Pleasant, Iowa
open Jan 27 Women Managing Horses Cherokee, Iowa
open Feb 2 Women Planning Ag Businesses Cresco, Iowa
open Feb 3 Women Managing Crops Nora Springs, Iowa
open Feb 8 Annie's Project: Farm Business Management Newton, Iowa
Feb 15 Advanced Women Marketing Grain Oskaloosa, Iowa
open Feb 16 Annie's Project: Farm Business Management Tabor, Iowa
open Feb 28 Annie's Project: Farm Business Management Oelwein, 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

Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning

Focus on business, estate, retirement and succession planning for agriculture operations. 15 contact hours

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

Women Managing Cattle

Focus on cost of production, marketing strategies and production systems. 9 contact hourss

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

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.

Statewide sponsors

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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.