Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Women's Farm Course In Hendry

Empowering Farm And Ranch Women

LABELLE, FL. - Annie�s Project, a program developed to empower farm and ranch women to become agriculture entrepreneurs, will be offered again this year in Hendry county at LaBelle's Agricultural Extension Office.

First introduced in Florida in 2010, the program is designed to help agricultural women learn entrepreneurial skills to improve their farm operation. In addition, Annie�s Project helps women find new ways to balance family, community and professional demands, and teaches management and decision-making within the complex, dynamic world of agriculture.

Sessions combine lecture, discussion, individual and small group activities and software training. Risk management topics include: Social style (interpersonal skills), women and money, farm and family finances, farm and ranch financial analysis, computer programs designed for farm business record keeping, crop and livestock marketing, and farm business planning and farm estate planning.

Workshops will be held in 9 other counties in addition to Hendry county: Marion, Lake, Suwannee/Columbia, Hernando, Manatee, Hendry, Nassau, Gadsden, Brevard and Miami-Dade. The program runs for six consecutive, three-hour sessions.

Registration is limited to 20 participants per site so early registration is encouraged. Funding for this project is provided by the Southern Region Risk Management Education Center and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Registration for the course is $40 and includes software, books, refreshments and materials. For more details and registration information, please contact the Extension Office in one of the participating counties.

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