OCALA, FL—UF/IFAS Agriculture Extension is offering the third cohort for Annie’s Project beginning April 17 through May 29 with the mission of empowering farm women to be better business partners through networking and management resources. 

The six-week course is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field. Each session offers time for questions, sharing reactions and connecting with presenters and fellow participants. The classes are relaxed, fun and a dynamic way to learn, grow and connect with other women in agriculture. 

Each evening features three spotlights. The entrepreneur spotlight features a woman entrepreneur’s story detailing her business, challenges and rewards. The engagement activity gives participants a chance to interact and discuss the content presented. The community organization segment spotlights a business professional or community service organization, their services and how to join the business or organization to increase community involvement.

On April 17, the class will cover human resources, understanding risk assessment, and a discussion about what is management really is. On April 24, presentations will cover farm programs, internet resources and tools, and building a business plan.

On May 1, speakers will cover topics including money management, financial documents and marketing. The May 8 program will feature insurance for farm families, agricultural spreadsheets for analysis, and interpreting financial statements. The following week will cover agricultural tax issues, how property is titled, estate planning, and retirement issues for farm families. The final class on May 29 focuses on advanced agricultural financing, special topics of interest, a recap previous weeks and a graduation event. 

The program will be held at the Extension Office at 2232 NE Jacksonville Road in Ocala from 6-9 p.m. The program will be offered in person and via Zoom. Presentations and resources are sent weekly prior to each class. The fee is $60 for the series. Light refreshments are provided. Register at www.eventbrite.com, under organizer UF/IFAS Extension Marion County or event, Annie’s Project. 

 Annie’s Project has been empowering women in agriculture for 20 years. For more information, contact Patricia ‘Lynn’ Nobles, UF/IFAS Extension, Marion County director at 352-671-8400 or 352-671-8418 or Giovanna Benitez at 352-671-8400.

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