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Trott column: Annie’s Project prepares women for farming and ranching

A six-week course begins in Minnesota in February.

Robin Trott
Robin Trott

Farm and ranch women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country.

At Annie’s Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Annie’s Project is a six-week course that is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing, and the legal field. There's plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting and connecting with presenters and fellow participants. It's a relaxed, fun, and dynamic way to learn, grow, and meet other farm/ranch women.

Whether new or experienced, understanding the five areas of agricultural risk, knowing how to analyze agricultural spreadsheets and other necessary skills are vital. Learning them in a friendly environment where questions and discussion are welcomed, allow the learning process to flourish.

Annie’s Project courses have successfully reached more than 9,000 farm and ranch women in 33 states. The next one in your area runs Wednesdays from Feb. 23 through March 30 on an interactive virtual Zoom platform representing women across the state of Minnesota. This will allow participants the opportunity to engage with Extension, ag professionals, and other women.

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University of Minnesota Extension in Douglas County will host watch parties for these virtual events. Join Extension Educator Robin Trott at the Public Works Meeting Room, 526 Willow Drive in Alexandria, at 6:30 p.m. on the meeting dates for dessert and conversation prior to the program.

Cost for the course is $25 per person, which includes a workbook and support materials mailed to you for all sessions. A welcome box will come to you before the course begins. Course size is limited, so please register soon!

For more information, contact Robin Trott, Douglas County Extension Educator at 320-762-3890, trot0053@umn.edu.

Online registration for the upcoming virtual sessions is available at z.umn.edu/MNAnniesVirtual2022 .

More information can be found on the Annie’s Project website at www.AnniesProject.org or on the University of Minnesota Extension website for Women In Ag Network at www.extension.umn.edu/business/women-ag-network .

For more news from U of M Extension, visit www.extension.umn.edu/news or contact Extension Communications at extdigest@umn.edu. University of Minnesota Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Robin Trott is a horticulture educator with University of Minnesota Extension. Contact her at 320-762-3890, or at trot0053@umn.edu.

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