Cornell Cooperative Extension Presents: Annie’s Project Risk Management for Farm Women

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From the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County:

Are you a woman engaged in farming in NYS? Would you like to learn and network with other farm women, and learn how to strengthen your farming operation? Join Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Allegany, Broome, Oneida, Steuben, and Seneca counties, along with the Central NY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops team, for our first virtual Annie’s Project this winter!

Annie’s Project is a six-week online experience designed especially for farm women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their farms. Annie’s Project is designed for farm women who have been in farming, or agri-business, or part of the food system for three to five years, and want to develop their understanding, interpretation, and opportunities in sustainable agriculture. Annie’s Project gives farm women the opportunity to learn from female agricultural professionals and network with other women in similar situations.

Annie’s Project provides education in production, price or market, financial, institutional and legal, and human and personal risk. At the end of six weeks, participants will possess the following skills sets —

  • Understand personality types to communicate better with business partners
  • Put family living expenses together with other costs of doing business on the farm
  • Identify production risks on-farm and prioritize risk management strategies to minimize losses
  • Interpret balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow projections to make business decisions
  • Confidence in review of labor laws, requirements, and their implications
  • Develop an inventory of current Human Capitol & make a plan to address any weaknesses and contingency plan if a ‘position’ becomes open
  • Understand farm family labor vs off farm labor. how to offer benefits & when it’s time to hire outside help
  • Communicate expectations of family vs hired labor
  • Understand insurance options to cover Human Resource concerns
  • Understand how assets are titled and learn about estate planning tools
  • Consider and evaluate available marketing opportunities
  • Understand tools and resources for stress management & farm equipment needs specific to farm women

The cost is $30 for the series and includes a portfolio, access to an online learning platform and access to all presentations and worksheets, access to financial and legal advice, and support from a variety of community partners. The series will take place on Mondays & Thursdays, November 1st – December 16th (off the week of Nov 22nd) from 6:30-8:30pm via Zoom. The fee for women veterans engaged in, interested in getting into, agriculture is sponsored by the FarmOps initiative at the Cornell Small Farms Program.

To register, click here: For more information on the curriculum and program logistics, please contact Laura Biasillo at

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