Annie´s Project--Risk Management Education for Farm Women, is a program designed around specific educational and social needs of Midwestern farm women. The mission of Annie´s Project is to empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing important information. Farm women, young and old, enroll in a series of 6 workshops to receive education in the five areas of risk; production management, financial management, marketing, legal issues, and human resources. Annie’s Project teaches farm women about computer and internet use to improve their record keeping and decision making skills. After classroom instruction, women continue to serve as mentors to one another, and are given opportunity to continue their education on-line through Iowa State’s Agricultural Management e-School. Annie’s Project has been featured by Successful Farm Magazine, Market to Market, and numerous local publications. It has received several awards including University of Illinois Extension Award for Innovative Program in 2005, and national winner at the 2005 National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) Professional Improvement Conference in the poster division, educational programs. Annie’s Project is successful because it addresses common needs of farm women, and because the curriculum can be adapted to reflect local farming communities.
|Conference||2006 National Extension Women in Agriculture Conference|