Empowering farm and ranch women to manage information systems used in critical decision-making processes and build local networks through Wyoming is the goal of a University of Wyoming Extension program in Powell.
The program is based on Annie's Project, a program for women in agriculture with a passion for business and being involved in their family operations. The program was developed by Iowa State University Extension and is offered throughout Wyoming.
"Annie was raised in a small farming community," explains Sandra Frost, Extension educator. "She was dedicated to being an involved business partner and running the farm with her husband. Though they struggled, they accomplished much."
This women's empowerment program is offered in six sessions from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays Jan. 26, Feb. 16 and 23, and March 2, 9 and 16.
Sessions are in the classroom of the West Campus of Northwest College at a cost of $30 per person. Class size is limited, so interested participants are urged to register soon by calling Frost at (307) 754-8836, or contacting her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She asks that registrations be complete by Jan. 18.
"Annie's life experiences can encourage farm women who are living and working in a complex, dynamic and evolving business environment," says Frost. "Farm and ranch women with a passion for business and involvement should enroll in this program."
Annie Fleck grew up in northern Illinois, farmed with her husband in a marginal operation, fulfilling what program literature says was a life she always desired to live: that of a farmer. She died after a 50-year marriage, but when she passed Annie was a wealthy woman who made farming successful doing thing her way.
Farm and ranch women attending will receive training for management of information in financial records, production records, marketing plans and risk management, legal and regulatory records, and documentation and human resources as well as time management.