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Program on business management for farm and ranch women set in Montana

November 29, 2007

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A nationally recognized program designed to empower farm and ranch women to become better business managers, operators and partners in agriculture, will be coming to Montana this winter.

Programs are scheduled in Baker, Bozeman, Culbertson, Dillon, Glasgow, Great Falls, Havre, Lewistown, Miles City, Rapelje, Scobey, Shelby and Sidney.

Known as "Annie's Project," the program is named for a woman who grew up in a small town in Northern Illinois. She married a farmer and then spent her life learning how to be his business partner. This project takes her experiences and shares them with farm and ranch women.

Annie's Project brings women together to sharpen their business skills, grow confidence, identify their strengths and build friendships. There will be six three-hour sessions in 13 locations around Montana starting in January. Each Monday evening session will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and include a light dinner. The sessions will cover topics such as risk and personality assessment; women and money; business planning; retirement and estate planning; property titles; leases; risk management; grain and livestock marketing: insurance and many facets of computer use. Speakers for the sessions include Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension family economics specialist; Duane Griffith, MSU Extension farm management records specialist; Jill Martz, interim director of the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development; Mark Major, MSU Extension agent in Teton County and Ed Usset of the University of Minnesota.

Registration is $100 and includes all supplies necessary for the program. This program is being brought to you by Montana MarketManager, Montana Grain Growers Association, Montana Stockgrowers Association, Montana Cattle Women, Women Involved in Farm Economics and Montana State University. Funding has been made available through the Western Center for Risk Management Education in conjunction with USDA-CSREES.

For more information or to register, contact the Montana Grain Growers Association at (406) 761-4596 or visit the website: Then click on the education tab at the top and go to workshop calendar.

Contact: Loree Morgan, (406) 761-4596 or