Farm women with a passion for being involved in the business and wanting to learn how to manage farm operation risk have several educational opportunities available to them. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers classes designed to empower women to be better business partners and owners. Farm women will learn how to build networks, and manage and organize critical information. Several different types of classes are being offered across the state during the coming year.

Annie’s Project course

The traditional Annie’s Project course consists of six, three-hour class sessions that include presentations and hands-on activities with women agriculture professionals. Discussions on topics of importance to farm families, plus available resources to help achieve success are also part of each class.

"The Annie’s Project experience is one that empowers and improves the lives of farm women," said Marsha Laux, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach value added agriculture program and statewide Annie’s Project coordinator. "The experiences, resources and support network translate into increased confidence and informed decision-making."

Annie’s Project helps farm women learn about farm management skills in a comfortable setting.

2014 Annie’s Project course locations and start dates

• Feb. 3, Gilbert

Gilbert High School, 312 Gretten Street. Light meal at 5:45 p.m.; Class 6 to 9 p.m.

• Feb. 4, Rockwell City

Calhoun County Extension Office, 521 4th Street. Light meal at 5:45 p.m.; Class 6 to 9 p.m.

• Feb. 6, Greenfield

Greenfield City Hall Meeting Room, 202 S 1st Street. Light meal at 5:45 p.m.; Class 6 to 9 p.m.

• Feb. 13, Dyersville

James Kennedy Public Library, 320 1st Ave. East. Light meal at 5:45 p.m.; Class 6 to 9 p.m.

• March 6, Denison

Crawford County Extension Office, 35 S. Main Street. Light meal at 5:45 p.m.; Class 6 to 9 p.m.

• March 18, Cherokee

Cherokee County Extension Office, 209 Centennial Drive. Light meal at 5:30 p.m.; Class 6 to 9 p.m.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach partners with the following statewide sponsors to offer Annie’s Project, Managing for Today and Tomorrow, and other farm management courses designed for women – Farm Credit Services of America, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2011-49400-30584, the USDA Risk Management Agency, and Farm Credit National Contributions.

More information on these and other courses, along with online or mail in registration instructions, are available at: http://www.aep.iastate.edu/annie. For more information, contact Marsha Laux at 641-919-7016, mlaux@iastate.edu; or Alison Boelman at Story County Extension and Outreach at 515-382-6551, aboelman@iastate.edu.