Southwest Michigan Annie’s Project

Date: February 3, 2016 - March 16, 2016
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Van Buren Conference Center 490 S. Paw Paw St. Lawrence, Michigan 49604
Contact: Beth Ferry at 269-876-2745 or

Feb. 3 - March 16, 2016
Wednesday Nights 
5:30 pm (Dinner) 6:00 pm – Class

Van Buren Conference Center
490 S. Paw Paw
St. Lawrence, Michigan  49604

Annie’s Project will include brief presentations and extended discussions with agricultural professionals. Women wanting to take a more active role in the business side of the farming operation will find this program motivating and enjoyable. The success of the project has enabled it to grow from a Southwest Illinois program to one that is now offered in over 34 states including Michigan. Join us as we embark on strengthening our female leadership within agriculture.


First Session: Introduction to Annie’s Project (Feb. 3)

  • A women’s experience on the farm  
  • Communication
  • True Colors Activity
  • Introduction to Annie’s Project YAPP, Guide Book

Second Session: Getting Started – Where have we been, where are we now, where do we want to be (Feb. 10)

  • Business Plans Mission Statements & Goals
  • Business Structure
  • Introduction into Accounting
  • Programs for agriculture

Third Session: More accounting information (Feb. 17)

  • Accrual income statement, cash flow, capital investment
  • Lease agreements
  • Tax Strategies and preparation

Fourth Session: To Insure or Not to Insure (Feb. 24)

  • Types of insurance (health, long term health care, life, disability, liability)
  •  Affordable Care Act
  • Crop insurance
  • Farm safety information

Fifth Session: Yes we grew it, now we ……. Marketing your crop (March 2)

  • Marketing plans
  • Topics pending on audience make-up
    • Futures, farm markets, wholesale, transportation costs, etc.
    • Types of insurance for different Ag businesses

 Sixth Session: Planning for the future? (March 9)

  • Business Succession and estate planning

Seventh Session: Audience Driven Session (March 16)

  • Final session
    • Survey
    • Participant input





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