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Annie’s Project in Missouri is celebrating its mission of empowering farm women to be better managers and owners of their farming operations.

For past Annie’s Project students, this is a chance to reunite. For those new to Annie’s Project, this is an opportunity to learn about the program and meet other women in agriculture.

The two-day conference is set for Sept. 11-12 at the Lake of the Ozarks.

“Last year a conference was held to celebrate ten years of Annie’s Project in Missouri. Enthusiasm was so great we planned another conference with new topics and speakers,” said Wesley Tucker, agriculture business specialist for MU Extension. “This is a great opportunity for women in agriculture to get together to learn about the business of farming and network with others in similar situations.”

The conference will feature two keynote speakers: Katie Dilse and Dr. Jason Johnson.

Katie Dilse is a mother, daughter, farm wife, and inspirational speaker from North Dakota, who will be talking about “Life as a Highway.” Her presentation will include many stories, motivational facts and lots of fun and energy.

Dr. Jason Johnson, an ag economist from Texas A&M, specializing in finance. Dr. Johnson is a registered investment advisor with the Texas State Securities Board, is the state coordinator for Annie’s Project in Texas, and a fourth generation rancher. He will discuss the do’s and don’ts of passing the farm to the next generation.

There will be a wide variety of concurrent sessions during the conference. The planned sessions cover topics ranging from getting started in ag tourism and home energy efficiency to meal planning for families on the go and financing options for beginning and expanding farmers.

“We invite all Missouri farm women, whether or not they’ve participated in Annie’s Project, to this conference,” said Mary Sobba, agriculture business specialist with MU Extension and co-state coordinator of Annie’s Project.” This conference provides education, networking and fun for agricultural women.”

Registration — which covers the costs of meals, breaks, and conference materials— is only $40. The conference is partially funded by a grant through USDA Risk Management Agency.

A complete program agenda and registration is online at or by calling the MU Extension center at 417-326-4916.

Source: University of Missouri Outreach & Extension
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