Annie’s Project Retreats


Our mission is to empower farm and ranch women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Who is Annie?

Annie grew up in a small farm community with a goal to marry a farmer, and she did. Annie spent her life learning how to be an involved business partner with her farm husband. Annie’s Project was designed by her daughter to provide risk management education for women involved in all aspects of the agriculture industry. Since 2000, well over 5,000 women have completed the workshop.

What will you gain?

Annie’s Project participants say they find answers, strength, and friendship – and also grow in confidence, business skills and community prestige through this program. Annie’s Project provides education and a support network to enhance business skills of women involved in all aspects of agriculture. Through the program, you will gain insight and knowledge about:

  • Your personality temperament and how it affects communication
  • The importance of organizational skills and goal setting.
  • How to find resources and work with professionals to meet your goals.


Registration is now open for the Annie’s Project Retreats located on the East and West of Ohio but open to anyone who would like to attend.

East Ohio Retreat  December 1-3, 2017

West Ohio Retreat February 2-4, 2018

Ohio WIA Conferences 2018

“Save the dates” for the East Ohio and Northwest Ohio Women in Agriculture Conferences offered in 2018.

Who should attend? Women and Young Women who are interested, involved, or want to become involved in food, agriculture, natural resources, or small business.

This one-day conference is a great place to learn, share and network. Be surrounded by other women who are facing the same day-to-day ups, downs, adventures and dilemmas as you.

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East Ohio Women in Agriculture Fall Dinner Program

Image result for clear the clutterJoin us for an evening of networking, idea sharing and delicious food. Identify your top time wasters and problem areas. Gain perspective and tools for prioritizing. Share tips, tools and routines that work for you!

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You can register online for the  November 14 Dinner that will be in eastern Coshocton  County at


Calling All Lady Landowners

Coshocton County and Putnam County Extension will host a Women in Agriculture program on Friday, October 20 from noon-4:30 p.m.

The interactive Lady Landowner workshop provides women landowners with the confidence, skills, and resources necessary to interact with tenants, develop and negotiate lease arrangements, and more. Registration includes all materials with lunch provided.

Topics for the day will include addressing the risks of leasing, verbal versus written leases, nuts and bolts of a lease, communicating with your tenant, negotiation process and skills, factors that affect the rental rate and more.

This workshop will share speakers between Putnam County and Coshocton County utilizing technology for live streaming. Peggy Hall and Emily Adams will teach at the Coshocton County, and Beth Scheckelhoff and Tony Nye will teach at the Putnam County location. The Coshocton County location is the Frontier Power Community Room, 770 South 2nd Street, Coshocton, OH 43812. The Putnam County location is the Putnam County Extension Office, 1206 East 2nd Street, Ottawa, OH 45875.

Cost for the Lady Landowner program is $20. Online registration is available at Payment by cash or check can be made as well with registration forms that can be found at or Please direct questions to: Emily Adams, Coshocton County Extension, 740-622-2265 or or Beth Scheckelhoff, Putnam County Extension, 419-592-0806 or

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“It Meats Today’s Change”

I was helping my son write his “Why do you want to be the Brown County Swine Ambassador?” question. I started ruffling through my old 4-H and junior fair files; yes, I still have some of my old applications. Which actually came in handy as examples for him. He did comment that our Ohio Achievement Awards Application was easier than his. It allowed me to take a quick trip around the block and remember my time as county fair and industry (sheep and beef) queens . Yes, we were called queens and males were not part of the industry royalty at that time. As I sat in my office chair reading my Ohio Queen of Beef speech, “It Meats Today’s Change” (printed on a dot matrix printer with a bad pinhead), it was still quite fitting for today’s cattle industry. So I thought I would share it with you in all its 25 year old glory.

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Even though I did not win the Ohio Queen of Beef in 1993, I was 2nd Runner Up and use my pewter bowl on my desk everyday. Both are a nice reminder that agriculture is ever changing but the goals, principals and standards remain the same. Twenty-five years later we are still focusing on genetics and nutrition to provide a more efficient yield and production techniques to “meat today’s change.” As you do your part to “meat today’s change”, think about the things you have done in the past to make your mark on the ever changing population. Set your goals to “meat” the lifestyle, values, and health of your family and to help others through education and support.