Seminar for farmwomen scheduled in the Delta

Mississippi farmwomen living in the Delta can learn how to improve their business management skills during a Mississippi Women in Agriculture — Annie’s Project seminar.

The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. session will be held Nov. 3 at the Charles W. Capps Entrepreneur Center, at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, Miss.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce are sponsoring the business management seminar for farmwomen.

The seminar was initially designed as a three-day program and held in other parts of the state. The additional one-day program was scheduled for the Delta in response to the popularity of the other seminars.

The agenda includes presentations on business planning and goals, securing finances, commodity updates, insurance and risk, and estate planning.

Mississippi’s program is based on a project developed in the Midwest. Annie’s Project tells the story of a woman who grew up in a small farm community who had the goal of marrying a farmer. She did just that and spent her life learning how to be an involved business partner with her husband.

This seminar shares stories of Annie’s experiences with other farmwomen working in a complex, dynamic, evolving farm business environment.

Program coordinator Sonia Hancock said farmwomen play a major role in managing finances and making decisions, as either the sole proprietors or as strong partners with their husbands.

“There are about 52,000 farms in Mississippi. Of the 57 percent of farm operators in the state who list farming as their major occupation, more than 5,200 are women,” Hancock said. “Many women have had to learn by trial and error in the past. This program will provide resources for women to help them make sound business decisions.”

The cost to attend is $20, which covers lunch, a notebook and support materials.

For more information about the seminar, contact the local county Extension office, call (662) 325-3080 or visit

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