Annie's Project coming in 2013

Created: 11/30/12 (Fri) | Topic: Events

Annie's Project, a six-week program that helps farm women become better business partners in their farm or ranch operation, will be held throughout North Dakota for the seventh year.

The 2013 program starts the week of Jan. 21 at six locations: Grand Forks, Fargo, Linton, Mandan, Watford City and Elgin.
This North Dakota State University Extension Service project gives women the skills and confidence to become more actively involved in their business's decision-making process.
The program will be delivered to all sites by a combination of interactive television and local presenters. The program provides comprehensive information on key farm management topics such as:
* How bankers make loan decisions
* Tracking expenses and income for businesses and families
* Mastering spreadsheets
* Land rental agreements
* Retirement, farm transfer and estate planning
* Grain and livestock marketing
* Insurance needs, including crop insurance
* Personnel management
* Business plans, and why and how to develop them
The cost is $100 per person for registrations received before Jan.7. A $35 late fee will be added after that date. Those interested in the program should register early because seating is limited at all sites.
More information about the program, as well as registration details, is available at, by contacting Annie's Project state coordinator Willie Huot at (701) 780-8229 or, or by contacting any of the site facilitators listed on the website. Online registration also is available on the website.
The program received very high reviews from the more than 1,000 women who have participated in the program during the past six years.
"The most frequent comment made by participants at the end of the project is, 'I wished I would have taken this course years ago,' " Huot says.
This program is made possible by several statewide sponsors, including the NDSU Extension Service, AgCountry Farm Credit Services (Fargo and Grand Forks), Farm Credit Services of Mandan, Farm Credit Services of North Dakota (Minot), North Dakota Grain Growers and North Dakota Farm Service Agency. In addition, many local sponsors at each location help offset the program costs.
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