October 28, 2015 - 11:21am -- young.1414@osu.edu

Hamilton, Ohio -- Women in agriculture who are interested in taking a more active role in farm operations may sign up for Annie's Project, a multi-part risk-management course offered by Ohio State University Extension.

The workshop is being sponsored by the OSU Extension office in Butler County.  The six-week workshop will be held at the OSU Extension Office, 1802 Princeton Rd., beginning January 5, 2016 and running consecutive Tuesday evenings through February 9th.  Each program runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Annie's Project is designed to strengthen women's role in modern farm enterprises.  The project's namesake was a woman who grew up in a small rural community and spent her adult life learning how to be an involved, successful business partner with her husband. Annie's daughter, Ruth Hambleton, became an Extension educator in Illinois and developed the program in 2000 in honor of her mother's life experience.  It is currently offered in 22 states.  Annie's Project focuses on five broad aspects of risk management typical in the agricultural setting:  human, financial, marketing, production and legal.

OSU Extension began offering Annie's Project in 2007, touching hundreds of lives since and inspiring women to become more active in agricultural roles.  It has received wide support not only from participants, but agricultural lenders, agribusinesses, ag service providers and agricultural organizations, which have provided information, class instructors and sponsorship for the workshops.

Cost for the workshop is $100 per person.  This includes all program materials and dinner at each class.  Seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged.  For more information or to register, contact Cindy Meyer at meyer.842@osu.edu or Kristen Corry at corry.10@osu.edu, or call the Butler County Extension office at (513) 887-3722, butler.osu.edu.