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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

Annie’s Project is a workshop series for farmwomen with a passion for agri-business and/or involvement in an agri-business they married into, were a part of all their life, inherited or just plain wanted to start on their own. They will gain an understanding of farm and ranch management and decision-making in the complex, dynamic world of agriculture. The six-week course will be held on Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. and is scheduled for April 15, 22, 29 and continues May 6, 13, and 20. The program will empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

According to the Census of Agriculture, there was a 30 percent increase in the number of farms principally operated by women since 2002. Women now manage 14 percent of the nation’s 2.2 million farms. The complex task of balancing work and family makes the concerns of farm/ranch women unique. Annie’s Project is designed to address these issues and provide a support network of other women facing similar challenges.

All program classes enable sufficient time for discussions in a “safe harbor” learning environment where everyone is encouraged to share their observations, concerns and questions. Topics to be discussed include critical decision-making and information areas addressing:

· Production Risk Management

· Marketing Risk Management

· Financial Risk Management

· Estate Planning Resources

· Legal Risk Management

· Human Resources Risk Management

Participants are encouraged to share their own perspectives and approaches so all may benefit from the experiences of the group.

The Annie’s Project courses will be held at the Williamson County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Center in Georgetown located at 3151 SE Inner Loop. Participants receive an Annie’s Project Portfolio with recordkeeping and decision support tools to enable better decision-making. Course sessions will introduce local industry professionals to answer questions and provide a support network after the program is complete.

Pre-registration is required and the fee is $50 per person and that covers materials and training for all six sessions. Pre-registrations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 4 at the Williamson County Extension Office. Registrations are limited to 30 participants and there will be no refunds.

For more information contact the Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service office in Williamson County at 512.943.3300.

 

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