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February 8, 2008

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Registration Underway for Farm Women Business Course in Webster County, Starting Feb. 18


The registration deadline of Feb. 11 is nearing for a popular evening farm business course for farm women.


Annie’s Project is set to begin Feb. 18 at the Webster County Extension Center on S. Hwy. A (next to City Hall) in Marshfield.


The classes will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the Monday evenings of Feb. 18 and 25, March 3, 10, 17 and 31. The classes are sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and the Webster County Extension Council.


Course topics include:  communication, understanding different personality types, household budgeting and money management, business plans, how property is titled, leases and legal issues, financial statements, retirement and estate planning, using spreadsheets, risk management, life insurance, health insurance, computer software tools and much more. 


The course will be taught by University of Missouri Extension specialists.


Cost for the six-night, 18-hour course is $50 per person. Registration and payment by Feb. 11 is required to secure enrollment for the course. Class size will be limited to 20 women to ensure sufficient group interaction.


The course is being partially funded by a grant from the North Central Risk Management Center. Each woman will receive two types of computer software, FAST Tools and Finpack Business Plan, valued at over $200, to help them plan for future scenarios.


Annie’s Project began in Illinois. Annie was a farm wife who grew up in Northern Illinois.  She married a farmer and spent her lifetime learning how to be an involved business partner with her husband.  Together they did great things, but it was not easy.


“The goal of Annie’s Project is to empower farm women to be better business partners through networking and by managing and organizing critical information. The course is to provide mentoring for farm women with varying levels of business skills,” said Bob Schultheis, natural resource engineering specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Webster County.


Farm women come from many different backgrounds, from rural to city life.


“This course can help women who are new to the farm business and may be overwhelmed and afraid to ask questions, as well as those who are accustomed to the farm business and may understand agriculture, but feel helpless with new technologies like computers,” said Schultheis.


For more information on the course, contact the Webster County Extension Center in Marshfield at (417) 859-2044 or by e-mail at



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