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Extension offers program for female farmers

September 15, 2009

NEEDMORE, Pa. -- The Penn State Cooperative Extension in Fulton County will offer a program designed for female farmers, including women who are sole operators, farm partners, business managers and those who have other farm roles.

In a news release, the cooperative extension said that while more than 2,000 Pennsylvania farms have been lost in recent years, the state gained approximately 1,000 farms managed by women.

The goal of "Annie's Project" is to inform female farmers about the variety of tools and resources available for proactive farm management -- enabling them to assess the areas on their farms needing attention and adopting the tools to manage those risks, the news release states.

The sessions are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Needmore Bible Church on the following Tuesdays:

o Oct. 6 (introduction/overview)

o Oct. 13 (marketing)

o Oct. 20 (production)

o Oct. 27 (financial)

o Nov. 3 (human resources)

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o Nov. 10 (community).

Class sessions will feature discussions, as well as opportunities to try risk-assessment tools and to learn from guest speakers. Each participant will be assisted in developing an ongoing advisory network for her farm business, to keep the risk-management process alive.

Total participant cost for all sessions is $50. Scholarships and payment installment plans are available by contacting Winifred McGee at 717-270-4391.

Detailed brochures are available at the Extension Office and the Fulton County Public Library.

For more information, contact Lori Hansroth at 717-485-4111.

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