Annie’s Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women’s role in modern farm and ranch enterprises. The mission of Annie’s Project is to empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. Annie’s Project is a six-week course that focuses on the five broad areas of agricultural risk: human, financial, marketing, production, and legal. Sessions are designed to be very interactive between the presenters and the participants. Information presented is tailored to meet the needs of participants in their own geographical areas.
Annie was a woman who grew up in a small rural community with the life-long goal of being involved in production agriculture. She spent her lifetime learning how to be an involved business partner with her husband, and together they reached their goals and achieved success. Annie’s daughter, Ruth Hambleton, a former Extension Educator for the University of Illinois, founded Annie’s Project in 2000 in honor of her mother. Annie’s Project is designed to take Annie’s life experiences and share them with other women in agriculture who are living and working in this complex, dynamic business environment.
Former participants have stated:
“As a result of Annie’s Project, I’ve had great discussions with my husband.”
“I’ve started revamping our recordkeeping system. I feel like I have some direction now!”
“I believe attending Annie’s Project is the wisest investment of money I could have made. The amount of information learned from all the speakers is unbelievable. I feel like I can be a real asset to the farm operation now that I have a better understanding of the business.”
For more information about the Clinton County Program click here.
If you would like to have an Annie’s Project in your area of the state, contact your local county extension office to start the process.
Join us as we recognize, Molly Caren and Francille Firebaugh for their important contributions made to the Farm Science Review and other Ohio Women in Agriculture.
Click here or use the QR code to watch the video contribution.
During the Review, visit us at 384 Friday Avenue in the Firebaugh Building.
OSU Extension in Summit and Portage Counties are teaming up to offer Annie’s Project from October 9th– November 13th, 2018. Annie’s project is a six-week program designed to address risk management education for farm women. Its objective is to educate women entrepreneurs so that they are more prepared to make farm management decisions. While a large number of farm women own and operate farms, others play a major role in the decision-making process of farm operations for farm families. Annie’s Project provides in-depth sessions on topics that are important for decision-making of the family farm. The program topics covered include human resources, legal risks, financial risks, marketing risks, and production costs and risks. Click here for registration flyer or brochure.
Author: Amanda Douridas, Champaign County Extension Educator
Land is an important investment. One that is often passed down through generations. Farmland needs to be monitored and cared for to maintain the value and sustainability if it is to be enjoyed and profitable for future generations. Nearly 50% of landowners in Ohio are female. If you fall into this statistic and want to learn more about your land, farming and conservation practices and how to successfully pass it on to the next generation, this program is for you!
Farming has changed dramatically over the last several decades. The thought of trying to understand it all can be overwhelming, especially if not actively farming. This series is designed to help female landowners understand critical conservation and farm management issues related to owning land. It will provide participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to talk with tenants about farming and conservation practices used on their land. The farm management portion will provide an understanding of passing land on to the next generation and help establish fair rental rates by looking at current farm budgets.
The series runs every other Thursday, June 14 through August 23 from 9:00-11:30 in the Champaign County Community Center Auditorium in Urbana, Ohio. It is $50 for the series. If you are only able to attend a couple of session, it is $10 per session but there is a lot of value in getting to know other participants in the series and talking with them each week. The registration flyer can be found at http://go.osu.edu/agevents. For questions or more information, please contact Amanda Douridas at 937-484-1526 or Douridas.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register by June 4. The detailed agenda is below.
June 14- Building Soil Structure
- Soil Structure Discussion and Demo
- Tillage Methods and Compaction (includes three demonstrations)
- Soil Coverage Discussion and Demo
June 28- Implementing Conservation
- Conservation Activity
- Aquifer Demonstration
- Watershed Maps of Participants Farms
- Explanation of Conservation Practices
July 12- Value of the Land Beyond the Dollar
- Land Value Diagram
- Landowner/Tenant Relationship Panel
- Wildlife Habitat Programs
July 26- Transition and Succession Planning
- Peggy Hall and Wright Moore Law Firm
Aug 9- Leasing and Budgets
- Good Leasing Contracts
- Hunting Leases
- Overview of Commodity Budgets
Aug 23- Farm Visit
Some activities developed by Women, Food and Agriculture Network for its Women Caring for the Land program.
Women’s Tractor Operation and Safety Program
Saturday, June 2, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00PM
Location: Brown’s Family Farm Market, 11620 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Hamilton
- Space is limited.
- Registration is required (see attached flyer for more information)
- Reserve your spot by May 18, 018
This event empowers women to:
- become more comfortable with agricultural equipment.
- have a greater knowledge of general operation.
- become more safety minded while operating equipment.
For questions, please call:
Ohio State University Extension, Butler County