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Penn State Extension to offer workshop for farm women

December 29, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Annie’s Project is a national Cooperative Extension workshop series designed to empower women who are farm owners or partners. 

If you are a female farmer with a passion for business and involvement in your farm operation, this class is for you.

Annie’s Project will be offered this winter at Penn State Extension — Adams County in Gettysburg, Pa., on Tuesday nights from Jan. 15 to March 19. 

The sessions focus on five areas of risk management — production, market, financial, legal, and human resources —  and combine presentations, class discussion, individual and small group activities, and guest speakers who share the day-to-day application of proven risk management techniques and strategies.

Several sessions will be held in a computer lab for participants to gain hands-on skills with software applicable to farm information systems.

Annie’s Project will help participants write a business risk management plan for their farm and apply workshop information to daily operations.

Inspired by Annette Kohlhagen Fleck, who grew up in a small farm community and spent her lifetime learning how to be an involved business partner with her farm husband, the program has value for women who are new to agriculture and veterans alike. 

Annie’s Project draws on her life experiences and shares them with female farmers living and working in a complex, dynamic, evolving business environment.

The program costs $75 per person for all eight sessions. Class size is limited. Registration is required.

To register, call 717-270-4391 or go to  http://agsci.psu.edu/annies-project by Jan. 8.

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