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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

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

“Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a productive business can be challenging” says Annie’s Project coordinator and Texas AgriLife Extension Economist Dr. Jason Johnson. Farm women can learn how to plan a successful farm transition in a five-session course offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in cooperation with Annie’s Project – Education for Farm Women. The “Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning” program, a new Annie’s Project course, is scheduled to be offered in Fort Worth, Texas beginning Thursday, September 1 at 6 p.m. The program will continue each Thursday evening in September with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the program from 6-9 pm; September 1 through September 29. Meetings will be held in the Brand Room at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association building located at 1301 West Seventh Street, Suite 201 in Fort Worth.

The cost of the program is $100 and $30 for each additional female family member involved in the current/ future farm/ranch business. The registration fee covers the 300-page workbook with fact sheets, hands-on activities, and presentations as well as dinner and refreshments served at each meeting. Course size is limited to encourage meaningful discussion and individual attention, so please register soon.

Farm women will learn about business, estate, retirement and succession planning from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension educators, specialists and area professionals. In addition to brief presentations, there will be discussions based on participant questions and follow-up activities for family members to complete at home.

“We’re happy to be a partner in bringing this valuable program to the farmers, ranchers, and landowners of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex area,” said Johnson, “This farm transition course is an opportunity for farm women to meet with others who share similar issues and concerns. We limit the size of the class to make it comfortable for farm/ranch women to share their experiences with each other and get questions answered.”

Annie’s Project, an agricultural risk management education program for women, has successfully reached more than 10,000 farm and ranch women in 34 states. “This new Farm Transition program emphasizes the role women play in helping transfer farms from one generation to the next,” said Fred Hall, Tarrant County Agriculture and Natural Resources AgriLife Extension Agent. “Managing for Today and Tomorrow will empower women to take ownership of the future of their farms,” continues Hall. “Farm Credit Bank of Texas is a statewide sponsor of Annie’s Project courses.”

To register or for more information contact the Family Consumer Science department at the Tarrant County Extension office by calling 817.884.1294. More information plus the registration form is available on-line at:


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