Workshop for farm/ranch women set for November and December in Gatesville
Risk management and planning focus of program
Contact: Dr. Jason Johnson, 254-968-4144, email@example.com
Pasquale Swaner, 254-865-2414, firstname.lastname@example.org
GATESVILLE – New U.S. census data indicates that in Texas more women are managing farms today than they were since 2007 and a series of workshops are scheduled for Fort Worth to help cater to this trend, according to an expert.
Annie’s Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise, said Dr. Jason Johnson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, Stephenville. The series will be offered in six sessions, from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday beginning November 3 through December 8, at the Coryell County Civic Center – 301 Veterans Memorial Loop (Complex Circle) in Gatesville.
As an overview of the fundamentals of maintaining a farm or ranch, Annie’s Project, a women’s workshop series, empowers farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information, Johnson said.
“Often farm women do not feel comfortable in the coffee shop network that is so familiar to farm/ranch men,” Johnson said. “Annie’s project provides a place where farm women can learn both from the perspectives of local agricultural professionals as well as the experiences of other class members.”
Cost of the program is $50 per person and class size is limited to 20, he said. Registration slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The conference is sponsored by AgriLife Extension, with program support provided by Farm Credit Bank of Texas.
Interested participants with questions about the program can request a brochure and registration form by contacting Johnson at 254-968-4144 or the Coryell County A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Gatesville, at 254-865-2414. The registration form is also available at stephenville.tamu.edu by clicking on the Annie’s Project link.
Speakers will include a broad spectrum of local professionals, practitioners and expertise from: Texas Farm Bureau insurance, USDA-Farm Service Agency, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, crop insurance, farm credit, as well as an agricultural attorney, family financial management specialist and a registered investment advisor.
According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, there has been a 10 percent increase in the number of farms principally operated by women since 2007. Women now manage 15 percent of the nation’s farms and about 38,500 farms in Texas. Gaining confidence to understand the complex agricultural business surrounded by other farm women is the foundation of Annie’s Project, Johnson said.