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Annie’s Project: Risk Management for Farm Women

  • Monday, February 1, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Feb 1st through March 11th Mon & Thurs 7pm to 8:30pm

  Are you a woman engaged in farming in NYS? Would you like to learn and network with other farm women, and learn how to strengthen your farming operation? Join Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Allegany, Broome, Oneida, Steuben, and Seneca counties, along with the Central NY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops team, for our first virtual Annie’s Project this winter!

Annie’s Project is a six-week online experience designed especially for farm women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their farms. Annie’s Project is designed for farm women who have been in farming, or agri-business, or part of the food system for three to five years, and want to develop their understanding, interpretation, and opportunities in sustainable agriculture. Annie’s Project gives farm women the opportunity to learn from female agricultural professionals and network with other women in similar situations.

Annie’s Project provides education in production, price or market, financial, institutional and legal, and human and personal risk. At the end of six weeks, participants will —

Understand personality types to communicate better with business partners

Put family living expenses together with other costs of doing business on the farm

Identify production risks on-farm and prioritize risk management strategies to minimize losses

Interpret balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow projections to make business decisions

Review labor laws, requirements, and their implications

Develop an inventory of current Human Capitol & make a plan to address any weaknesses and contingency plan if a ‘position’ becomes open

Understand farm family labor vs off farm labor. how to offer benefits & when it’s time to hire outside help

Communicating and expectations of family vs hired labor

Insurances to cover HR

Payroll taxes

Understand how assets are titled and learn about estate planning tools

Consider available marketing opportunities

Understand tools and resources for stress management & farm equipment needs specific to farm women

Program runs Mondays & Thursdays, February 1st - March 11th from 7-8:30pm EST
via Zoom
The cost is only $45 for the ENTIRE series and includes a portfolio, access to all presentations and worksheets, access to financial and legal advice, and support from a variety of community partners. FSA Borrower Training Credits are available. This year we are waiving the fee for women veterans interested in getting into agriculture. 

To register, click here:
For more information on the curriculum and program logistics, please contact Bonnie Collins at



Bonnie Collins
Sr. Ag Program Team Leader
(315) 736-3394 Ext. 104

Last updated January 13, 2021