Farm business class for women begins March 12
University of Missouri Extension will be offering a farm management class called Annie's Project starting at 6:30 p.m., March 12 at Newton County Extension Center on the Crowder Campus in Neosho. The class consists of six sessions, all on Monday nights.
The course targets farm women and women landowners. The class is partially funded by a grant through the USDA Risk Management Agency. Pre-registration is required, with a deadline of March 6. For details on this class call the McDonald County Extension Center 417-223-4775.
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 John Hobbs, an agriculture and rural development 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 Hobbs.
Program topics 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.