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Farm management course for women starts Nov. 2


University of Missouri Extension and the Dallas County Commissioners are offering a series of evening farm management courses for women--known as Annie's Project--starting Nov. 2.

The course includes six evening classes, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings (Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Dec. 14) at the O'Bannon Bank in Buffalo.

The registration fee for the six-night course and all the resources is $50. Class size will be limited to 20 women to ensure group interaction and one-on-one assistance. Pre-registration is required and can be made by visiting the Dallas County Extension Center or by contacting the office at 417-345-7551 or dallasco@missouri.edu.

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 Wesley Tucker, 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 Tucker.

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.

Topics will include human resources and time management, farm record keeping and taxes, business plans, how property is titled, pasture leases and legal issues, financial statements, retirement and estate planning, using spreadsheets, risk management, using financial records, insurance, how to use spreadsheets for farm records, computer software tools and more.

The course will be taught by MU Extension specialists and special guest speakers.

The class is being partially funded by a grant from the North Central Risk Management Center.

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