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AGRICULTURE

Pre-registration due for Annie’s Project

Oct 24, 2012

Women involved in farm operations can learn more about risk management on the farm and value-added agriculture opportunities at an upcoming workshop sponsored in part by the Jefferson County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office. Beginning next week, classes will meet 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday, with the exception of Election Day, through Dec. 11 at the Jefferson County ISU Extension Office.

“With the growth and emphasis on local foods, more people are interested in pursuing this segment of agricultural production,” said Marsha Laux, Annie’s Project state coordinator and program coordinator with ISU Extension’s Value Added Agriculture Program. “Like any venture into a new enterprise in agriculture, this requires careful planning and using the right tools and strategies.”

The Annie’s Project course takes place in six three-hour sessions. Course curriculum covers five areas of agricultural risk: financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production. Women will learn more about:

• Financial ratios, balance sheets, budgeting, enterprise analysis and business planning.

• Human communication and management styles and insurance needs.

• Legal issues, estate laws, property title, food safety and employee requirements.

• Marketing plans and access to market information.

• Production tools, farmland leasing, USDA programs and soil maps.

Additionally, the workshop will have a specific focus on value-added agriculture opportunities, including direct marketing, niche production areas and small-scale enterprise budgets.

“By bringing local professionals into the classroom, women considering or involved in on-farm production or helping to manage the farm, will develop new networks and be able to utilize new resources to help them be better informed as they make agricultural decisions,” said Laux.

Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. Registration can be done online at www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/annie/quickregister.html.

For information, contact Laux at 319-796-4362 or mlaux@iastate.edu or the Jefferson County ISU Extension Office at 472-4166.

 

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