Annie´s Project--Education for Farm Women started in Illinois in 2003, crossed the boarders into Iowa and Missouri in 2004 and has been growing ever since. As the program expands into 15 more states, the challenge of delivering fresh and quality programming to farm and ranch women remains a high priority. The national leadership team has been working on new programs and gathering ideas from states where Annie´s Project has been delivered. One new development is incorporating the new eXtension on-line course, Investing for Farm Families into Annie´s Project curriculum. This on-line course was made possible by a grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation which supports innovative research and education projects that give investors the tools and information they need to better understand markets and basic principles of saving and investing. This online class gives farm families the information they need to make strategic decisions while weaving together farm and personal investments. Developed by Extension educators across the nation, the 8-lesson course helps farm families plan for a financially stable future that meets long-term needs. Participants can work at their own pace, with each lesson taking less than an hour. Expected learning outcomes include:
•Increasing future financial security
•Identifying investment strategies
•Knowing asset allocation basics
•Evaluating investment productions alternatives to agriculture business risks
•Investing for retirement and farm succession planning
Investing for Families is being used in basic Annie’s Project classes and can be offered as a second level course.
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