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Conference Name 10 Years of Annie’s Project

Shannon Dill and Jennifer Rhodes


Annie’s Project is a nationally recognized and accomplished farm management program for women. It provides education, tools and resources for women in agriculture to gain more knowledge of farm business operations. Annie’s project empowers participants with the knowledge to make educated decisions for their family and future. In 2008, Annie’s Project began in Maryland at one site. In 2010, the project expanded to 10 sites in Maryland and Delaware and in 2015 added a site in Virginia. The program in total has reached 597 participants to date.

Evaluation data has been collected since the beginning of Annie’s Project. This includes an end of class evaluation and an 18 month web based, follow up evaluation. There are eight topic areas that participants learn in class and are encouraged to implement following the class to improve farm management. The following chart shows the percentages of respondents who intended to take action and the 18 month follow up of those that implemented that action.

There is a 55% implementation rate of knowledge learned during Annie’s Project leading to 44% increasing farm profitability. Respondents estimate their increased profitability from $2,387 to $3,995.

For more information about this program visit: http://extension.umd.edu/annies-project

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