Class for female farmers planned

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

University of Missouri Extension will be offering a farm management class called Annie's Project. The first of six sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 12 at Newton County Extension Center on the Crowder Campus in Neosho. The class will meet on Monday nights for six weeks.

The course targets farm women and women landowners. The class is partially funded by a grant through the USDA Risk Management Agency.

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.

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; and computer software tools.

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

Pre-registration is required, with a deadline of March 6. For details on this class, call the McDonald County Extension Center 417-223-4775.