Farm/Ranch women are decision makers – Annie’s Project prepares them

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Published Thursday, December 13, 2018
by Debbie Chapman, Extension Agent

Farm and ranch women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. At Annie's Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Annie's Project is a six-week course that is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field. There's plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting and connecting with presenters and fellow participants. It's a relaxed, fun and dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other women in agriculture.

Whether new or experienced, understanding the five areas of agricultural risk, knowing how to analyze agricultural spreadsheets and other necessary skills are vital.  Learning them in a friendly environment where questions and discussion are welcomed, allow the learning process to flourish.

Annie's Project courses havesuccessfully reached more than 9,000 farm and ranch women in 33 states.  Course in southeast Colorado begin January 16, 2019, at Otero Junior College in La Junta.

The cost for the course is $75 per person, which includes a workbook and support materials for all sessions. A light supper will be served before each class at 5:45 p.m. Course size is limited.   

Linda, an Annie's Project alumna says, "I took the class to gain a better understanding about agribusiness and how financial decisions impact our farm operation.  I have a better understanding of balance sheets and the futures market. This class has improved communication with my spouse on concerns he works with on a daily basis."

For more information contact Debbie Chapmanat 719-254-7608 or by email at debbie.chapman@colostate.edu. Online registration is available at https://aglending.com/annies-project/. More information can be found on the Annie's Project website at www.AnniesProject.org.

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