January 16, 2007|
Annie's Project lets farm women learn from each otherWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Farming has traditionally been viewed as men's work, but women are playing a larger role in today's operations.
More women are choosing farming for a career, and others become involved in the family farm through marriage or inheritance, said Kelly Easterday, a Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service educator in Kosciusko County.
"Women are often put in bookkeeping or recordkeeping and marketing positions, usually with little previous experience," she said. "Annie's Project provides a safe and comfortable environment for women to learn skills in these and other areas."
To help women learn these skills from each other, Purdue Extension is offering the Annie's Project training program at seven locations throughout Indiana. The program teaches time, human resources and financial records management, in addition to how to keep track of production.
The fee for the program is $50, which includes a notebook, business planning and farm management software, and other materials. Registration is limited.
Session locations and dates include:
Covington Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. EST on Feb. 1 through March 15; Covington Middle School Computer Lab (Fountain County).
Dale Mondays, 6-9 p.m. CST on Feb. 5 through March 12; North Spencer Alternative School (Perry, Spencer, Dubois and Pike counties).
Tipton Mondays, 6-9 p.m. EST on Feb. 12 through March 19; Tipton County Fairgrounds
Rensselaer Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. CST on Feb. 7 through March 14; Drexel Hall (Jasper County).
Butlerville Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. EST on Feb. 6 through March 13; Southeast Purdue Ag Center.
Warsaw Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. EST on Feb. 22 through March 29; Munson Building Meeting Room (Kosciusko County).
Franklin Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon EST on March 7 through April 25; Hopewell School (Johnson County).
The sessions will be led by Extension educators, as well as local businesswomen who will bring their real-life experiences to the program. Last year's participants had varied backgrounds and used the opportunity to network and learn from each other, Easterday said.
"We had women in their early 20s with no farm background to some in their 80s who have worked on a farm most of their lives," she said. "Each brought something different to the table."
To register for the program, contact Purdue Extension at (888) EXT-INFO.
Annie's Project was inspired by and named for a University of Illinois Extension specialist's mother who married into the farming business.
Writer: Becki Francis, (765) 496-1050, firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Kelly Easterday, (574) 372-2340, email@example.com
Purdue Extension: http://www.ces.purdue.edu/
Annie's Project: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/annie/
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