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Farm Women are Decision Makers – Annie’s Project Prepares Them Well

It’s been several years since I’ve had the privilege to teach an Annie’s Project class and I’m pleased to announce in January 2016 I will be offering another class. 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, farmwomen become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through netwAnnieLogoorks 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 farm and agricultural women.

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 have successfully reached more than 9,000 farm and ranch women in 33 states.

Locally, Annie’s Project will start January 25th and run through March 7th in Geneva, NE at the Extension Office on 1340 G Street. Statewide, Farm Credit Services assists in sponsorship of the program. Locally, Flint Hills Resources has generously sponsored nearly all costs making this 18-hour course only $30 per participant! The registration fee guarantees participants a workbook and support materials for all sessions. A light supper will be served before each class at 6 p.m. Course size is limited, so please register soon.

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 Brandy VanDeWalle, Nebraska Extension Educator at 402-759-3712 or Registration forms are available at More information can be found on the Annie’s Project website..


Annie’s Project: Risk Management for Women

Soon 2012 will be in the books and with the New Year approaching, what a better time to set resolutions for your business!  Developing management and decision-making skills for farms and ranches is becoming more important than ever before. Today’s volatile agricultural markets can increase your risk if not managed properly. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is offering a program to address these issues.

Annie’s Project is a six-week course designed especially for farm women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their farms. Sessions include brief presentations, discussions focused on the participant’s questions, and computer training to use spreadsheets. Annie’s Project gives farm women the opportunity to learn from agricultural professionals and network with other women in similar situations.

Annie was a woman who grew up in a small town in Northern Illinois. Her goal was to marry a farmer and she did. Annie spent her lifetime learning how to be an involved business partner with her farm husband. Together they did great things, but it wasn’t easy. Annie’s Project was developed to take her experiences and share it with farm women living and working in a complex business

This course will be offered in Geneva, NE at the Fillmore County Extension Office from 6-9:00 p.m. on the following days: January 16, 23, & 30 and February 6, 20 and 27. This program has a $75 registration fee which covers all program materials and a light meal each night.   To facilitate discussion, enrollment is limited to the first 12 participants; pre-registration is due January 11, 2013. For more information, please contact me at or (402)759-3712.