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January 26, 2018

Farm Management Course for Women Starting in Neosho;
Pre-Registration Needed by Feb. 22 for Annie's Project

NEOSHO, Mo. — A series of farm management courses designed for women - known as Annie's Project -will be offered University of Missouri Extension starting March 1.

The Annie's Project course includes seven evening classes, each from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays (starting March 1) at the Crowder College Williams Ag- Building in Neosho.

Enrollment costs $75 per person (which includes a workbook and support materials for all sessions) and registration is needed by Feb. 22. Class size will be limited to the first 25 women who register to ensure sufficient group interaction and one-on-one assistance. To register, contact the McDonald County Extension Center at (417) 223-4775 or email

"The course should be of particular interest to women who want to learn how to run a farm as a business," said Jennifer Lutes, an agriculture business specialist with MU Extension and coordinator of the class. "But, it is also good for those that want to do a better job of marketing or need to learn how to pass the farm on to the next generation."

During Annie's Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.

Program speakers this year include Beth Lubbering with FCS Financial, Dr. Dustan Clark, a poultry health vet with Arkansas Extension; Eric Norris with Eric Norris Insurance, and MU Extension Agriculture Business Specialists Jennifer Lutes, Jim Spencer Jr., Regan Bluel, and Wesley Tucker.


Annie's Project began with a farm wife who grew up in northern Illinois. She spent her life learning how to be an involved business partner with her husband. This course takes Annie's experience and shares it with farm women so they can be better business partners.

According to Lutes, agriculture business specialist with University of Missouri Extension, the course provides mentoring for farm women with varying levels of business skills.

"Women who are new to a farm business may be afraid to ask questions. Women who are accustomed to the farm business may feel helpless with new technologies. A program like this gets those two groups together and collectively finds solutions," said Lutes.

The goal is to empower farm women and help them make better management decisions through networking and by using critical financial information. The course is to provide mentoring for farm women with varying levels of business skills.


Course topics will include: learning to communicate and work with each of the four basic personality types, farm record keeping and taxes, business plans, pasture rental contracts, how property is titled, insurance needs, financial statements, retirement and estate planning, farm succession planning for the next generation, land rental agreements livestock marketing and risk management, keys to being a profitable livestock producer, and more.

The course will be taught by MU Extension specialists and special guest speakers. Additional information can be found online at

Source: Jennifer Lutes, (417) 223-4775

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