Thursday, January 16, 2014

Farm Management Course for Women Starts March 3, in Springfield; Pre-Registration Needed for Annie’s Project

Contact: Gordon Carriker, agriculture business specialist
Headquartered in Christian County
Tel: (417) 581-3558

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A series of farm management courses designed just for women – known as Annie’s Project –will be offered at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Greene county starting March 3, 2014.

“The course should be of particular interest to women who want to learn how to run a farm as a business,” said Dr. Gordon Carriker, an agriculture business specialist with MU Extension and coordinator of the class. “But, it is also good for those that want to do a better job of marketing or need to learn how to pass the farm on to the next generation.”

The Annie’s Project course includes six evening classes, each on Mondays (March 3, 10, 17, 24, and April 7, 14).  The classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave, in Springfield, Mo.

Class size will be limited to the first 25 women who register to ensure sufficient group interaction and one-on-one assistance. To register, contact the Greene County Extension Center at 417-881-8909 or A registration flyer is also available online at


Annie’s Project began with a farm wife who grew up in northern Illinois. She spent her life learning how to be an involved business partner with her husband. This course takes Annie’s experience and shares it with farm women so they can be better business partners.

According to Carriker, agriculture business specialist with University of Missouri Extension, the course provides mentoring for farm women with varying levels of business skills.

“Women who are new to a farm business may be afraid to ask questions. Women who are accustomed to the farm business may feel helpless with new technologies. A program like this gets those two groups together and collectively finds solutions,” said Carriker.

The goal is to empower farm women and help them make better management decisions through networking and by using critical financial information.  The course is to provide mentoring for farm women with varying levels of business skills.


Course topics will include:  learning to communicate and work with each of the four basic personality types, economics of land ownership, farm record keeping and taxes, business plans, pasture rental contracts, how property is titled, insurance needs, financial statements, retirement and estate planning, farm succession planning for the next generation, using computers and the internet on the farm, understanding Missouri fence laws, livestock marketing and risk management, keys to being a profitable livestock producer, and  more.

The course will be taught by MU Extension specialists and special guest speakers.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a woman seeking information on how to operate and make profitable a small acreage farm. I have been around farming my entire life but do not have all of the knowledge it takes to make it a lucrative business. This course seems like it would be very beneficial for someone in my shoes.

5:54 PM, February 01, 2014  

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