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Posted on: December 16, 2020

U of M Extension Offering Seminars for Annie's Project

Annie’s Project is a nationwide program that empowers farm and ranch women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information. This program is Inspired by Annie's Project and will focus on six risk management topics; Human Resources, Legal, Marketing, Financial, Crop and Livestock Production. We are encouraging all farm decision-makers to attend. This includes spouses, siblings, parents, in-laws, and anyone else that is or will be making farm decisions. This program is being facilitated by the University of Minnesota Local Extension Educator team in Stearns, Benton and Morrison Counties.

Whether you've attended a full Annie's Project, are curious about the program, or just want to better manage risk on your farm these classes have something for you. You only need to register once and you will gain access to the entire course. Register today at This course will not be recorded. In order to get the most out of the course, you will need to attend each class live. Classes are not mandatory, but we encourage you attend as much as possible.

All sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting in January 2021. Below are the class descriptions, dates, and presenters:

January 19, Human Resources – Learn how to navigate different communication styles on your farm to avoid miscommunication. Presenter is Nancy Hegland.

January 26, Legal Risk – One of the hardest and most important topics to discuss on family owned farms is transition and succession planning. This session will guide you in how to start that conversation and begin the planning process. Presenter is Amber Roberts.

February 2, Marketing – This class will focus on the cost of production and profitability on your farm. Presenter is Joleen Hadrich.

February 9, Financial – An overview on the importance of financial documents and why to have them for your farm. Presenter is Liz Tauer.

February 16, Production/Crops Focused – Learn how to use a critical eye in evaluating information, how all sources of information are not created equal, and why a one size fits all approach can be risky for your farm. Presenter is Liz Stahl.

February 23, Production/Livestock Focused – Discover management options to increase productively while protecting your cost of production. Presenter is Dr. Joe Armstrong.

Registration is available today at If you have questions or need assistance with registration, please call (320) 255-6169 or email

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