By: Gigi Neal, OSU Extension-Clermont County, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
Ohio Annie’s Project team is making plans for upcoming programs. Programs consist of Risk Management Assessment through the original Annie’s Project curriculum and complimented by Farm Finance and Farm Transition through the Annie’s Project- Managing for Today and Tomorrows Success curriculum.
Annie’s Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise. Through six educational sessions, Annie’s Project fosters problem solving, record keeping, and decision making skills in farm women. Annie’s Project RMA workshops are open to all women in any facet of agricultural life, from the novice individual starting fresh in agriculture to the veteran production farmer. Women will gain valuable knowledge into the six sessions of the course including: human resources and time management; business plans, property ownership and leases; financial documentation, retirement, estate planning, and using spreadsheets; risk management and insurance; financial records and how to interpret them; and topic chosen by participants.
Annie’s Project Level II – Managing for Today and Tomorrow through “Investing for Your Future for Farm Families” and “Programs in the Intersection of Farm and Family Finance.”
“Investing for your Future for Farm Families” is titled simply “Farm Finance” in Ohio and participants will examine the interconnected nature of farm and personal investment decisions. Participant will discuss basic investing topics: successful financial management; investment terms (e.g., diversification, dollar-cost averaging, and asset allocation); finding money to invest; specific types of investments (e.g., stocks, bonds, and mutual funds); investing with small dollar amounts; investing resources; and investment fraud. This information lays a foundation to help participants understand how and why they are investing.
“Programs in the Intersection of Farm and Family Finance” is simply titled “Farm Transition” in Ohio and participants will learn and build their Estate Plan by looking at: Who will get Grandpa’s Farm, Who gets Grandmas Yellow Pie Plate, Retirement and Estate Planning for Farm Families and Getting Ready for Estate Planning. At the conclusion of the Farm Transition participants will have their estate plan in order and ready to proceed to the next level.
Champaign, Delaware and Union Counties are planning an Annie’s Project January 15-February 12, 2014 (Wednesday’s) in Marysville, OH. For more information contact Amanda Douridas (937-644-8117, email@example.com) or Rob Leeds (740-833-2030, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Coshocton County is hosting a Farm Finance program from February 18 – March 25, 2014 (Tuesday evenings). For more information contact Emily Adams at 740-622-2265 or email@example.com.
Contact your local County Extension Office for more details or interest in planning a program. County Educators are adding programs throughout the year. You may also contact State Coordinators: Christine Kendle, Extension Educator, Tuscarawas County at 330-339-2337 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Gigi Neal, Extension Educator, Clermont County at 513-732-7070 or email@example.com.