Empowering Farm Women through Agriculture Risk Management

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Female farmers, whether farming on their own or in a partnership, realize the importance of the business side of farming. Annie’s Project provides education and a support network to enhance business skills of women involved in all aspects of agriculture.

Two weekend retreats are being offered in Ohio this winter. Women will receive training in five areas of agricultural risk management: financial, marketing, production, legal, and human resources. Most importantly women are able to network and develop relationships with other women in agriculture.

Past participants have had this to say about the program:

“I changed my mind about how to approach communication with my in-laws as business partners.”

“I have gained tools to help improve management of our farm and insight on how to communicate the resources to other members of the farm.”

“I appreciated getting to meet others with a shared interest.”

“I encourage any woman to attend one of these great programs!”

The first retreat will be held Jan 26-28 at Salt Fork State Park Lodge and Conference Center, 14755 Cadiz Road, Lore City, OH 43755. The participant fee is $105 per person, which includes all materials and meals. Lodging is $99 per room per night with up to four people per room. Registration deadline is November 17. For questions about this program, please contact Emily Adams at adams.661@osu.edu or 740-622-2265.

The second retreat will be Feb 2-4 at Western Buckeye Christian Camp, 5455 Roeth Rd, Houston, OH 45333. The cost is $95 per person and includes all lodging, materials and meals. Please bring bedding and towels. The registration deadline is January 19. For questions about this retreat, please contact Amanda Douridas at Douridas.9@osu.edu or 937-484-1526.

Registration for both workshops can be found at: https://u.osu.edu/ohwomeninag/.

There will also be an Ohio Farmer’s Income Tax webinar on Monday, January 29, from 10:00 – noon. The cost is $35 and will cover agriculture issues when preparing 2017 tax returns. Details can be found at https://farmoffice.osu.edu/osu-income-tax-schools/farmerlandowner-income-tax-issues-webinar.

We hope you plan to join us at one of these empowering events!

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

Annie’s Project in Crawford County, January 25 – March 1

Annie’s Project is a six week program designed to strengthen women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise.   Annie’s Project fosters problem solving, record keeping, decision-making skills, and networking for farm women.  The six week session will begin on January 25, 2017 and continue every Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Pickwick Place, 1875 North Sandusky Ave., Bucyrus, Ohio.  Contact the Crawford County OSU Extension Office at 419-562-8731 to register or visit Annie’s Project – Crawford County OSU Extension for registration information.  Space is limited, so register before January 18. Child care may be available if 2 or more participants need.