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Conference Name Risk Management Conference Targeting Annie’s Project Graduates

Mary Sobba and Karisha Devlin


Risk Management topics have been the focus of Annie’s Project classes in Missouri since 2004. Many past participants have asked for additional training on risk related issues and a desire to network with other Annie’s graduates. These requests indicated a need for additional education but also a challenge of how to meet the widespread requests. MU Extension specialists met two years ago with past Annie’s Project graduates for suggestions and guidance to meet these needs. From that discussion, a risk management conference called Annie’s Project Conference began. Many of the ideas and suggestions from the farmwomen were encompassed into the conference. Two statewide conferences have been held in the Missouri Ozarks and each time the extension specialists learn and take risks to meet the needs of this diverse group. Risk management continues to be the focus of the conference including keynote speakers and a variety of concurrent sessions. The types of agriculture within the state are diverse, so the concurrent sessions contain a wide range of topics from crops and livestock to horticultural and ag tourism enterprises. The program format is a day and a half at an Ozarks retreat center, for a short time away from the farm to focus on the risk management education and networking with other farmwomen. An evaluation tool has been used to gather feedback at each conference conclusion. These findings have been used to modify the conference.