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Annie’s Project Empowers Women in Agriculture

Women may be an underrepresented group in the field of agriculture, but thanks to a local course, area participants can receive support and guidance. Annie’s Project is a training program designed to empower women in agriculture through education, networks, and resources. Illinois Extension will kick off the six-week program on February 29 in Edwards County.

Annie’s Project brings women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing, and the legal field. The program covers many topics dedicated to strengthening women’s roles in modern farm and ranch enterprises, including business plans, crop insurance, diversifying farm operations, estate planning, farm appraisal, and much more. Local Foods and Small Farms Educator Katie Bell will lead the program.

“Annie’s Project is a great learning opportunity for women at all levels of agriculture. Whether you are just starting out with your own farm or preparing to pass the reins to the next generation, there is something in this program for you,” said Bell.

Annie’s Project participants will meet on Thursdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Edwards County Farm Bureau Office at 15 South 5th Street in Albion, Illinois. A lite meal or snacks will be provided at each session.

The cost to attend is $25, which covers the six-week program. If you require financial assistance to participate, please contact Katie Bell at [email protected] to inquire about scholarship opportunities. Interested participants can learn more or register at or by calling (618) 445-2934. The program registration deadline is February 15.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact Katie Bell at [email protected]. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.


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