Annie's Project Celebration Will Honor All Missouri Farm Women

Annie's Project in Missouri is celebrating 10 years of empowering farm women to be better managers and owners of their farming operations. Annie’s Project is a six-week, intensive risk management education program for women.  It covers topics such as lease contracts, fence laws, livestock & grain marketing, record keeping, taxes, business plans, titling property, insurance needs, financial statements, estate planning, and much more.  Women learn how to make better management decisions based upon the educational program as well as form valuable networks that allow them to build upon the experiences of one another. 

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary MU Extension is hosting a celebration to honor all Missouri farm women.  For past Annie's Project graduates, it is a chance to reunite. For those new to Annie's Project, this is an opportunity to learn about the program and people. The celebration will be September 19-20 in the Lake of the Ozarks area.

“Throughout the course of our Annie’s Project programs we have had several women expressing the desire for a conference where they could meet other farm women from across the state,” says Mary Sobba, Agribusiness Specialist and Annie’s Project Co-State Coordinator. “This is another great forum for women in agriculture to get together to learn about the business of farming and network with others in like situations.”

Some of the Midwest’s top agriculture professionals will be featured at the conference. Jerry Crownover, beef producer and comedian, will be the Friday night entertainment. Teddy Gentry, vocalist and bass guitarist for the country music Hall of Fame group ALABAMA and founder of South Poll Cattle Breed, will be the keynote speaker discussing matching cattle to your environment. John Baker, attorney and administrator of the Iowa State University Beginning Farmer Center, will address the difficult topic of how to treat heirs fairly when only one is returning to the farm. Other topics include the 2014 farm bill, borrowing money with rising interest rates, livestock and grain market outlook, climate trends, livestock health programs, and crop/forage & livestock insurance.

"We invite all Missouri farm women, whether or not they've participated in Annie's Project, to these celebrations," says Karisha Devlin, Agribusiness Specialist and Annie’s Project Co-State Coordinator. "We want to honor all Missouri farm women for their roles in agriculture, connect women with each other, and raise awareness of agricultural risk management."

Registration which covers the costs of meals, breaks and conference materials, is only $35 because the conference is being partially funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency.  A block of rooms is available for those wishing to stay overnight at the retreat center. 

For the complete program agenda and registration form or to find an Annie’s Project class near you go to http://extension.missouri.edu/annie or call the Polk County Extension Center at 417-326-4916.

Source: Wesley Tucker, Ag Buisness Specialist