March 07, 2021

Annie’s Project teaches farm women to make decisions

GREENCASTLE, Ind. — Purdue Extension is preparing for its annual Annie’s Project course, which empowers farm women by bringing them together to learn a variety of information and skills from experts.

Jenna Ness, an agriculture and natural resources educator in Putnam County, said Annie’s Project is a national program and is a discussion-based course to help women learn about a series of topics.

Ness said some of these topic areas include human resources, legal information, production, farm marketing and marketing.

The six-week course is designed to empower women to feel comfortable and able to ask questions and voice their opinion on their farming operation.

Ness said it is really exciting to see women come and participate in the class and learn about topics like crop insurance and then take that knowledge and be able to put it to use on their farming operation.

“The program is geared toward women who inherit farmland or own it with siblings,” Ness said.

Ness said the program has been offered for many years, but due to training requirements and limitations, every county hasn’t been able to participate in the past.

“We want to empower women to feel comfortable and ask questions and be a voice in their operation,” Ness said.

Classes are held on Tuesday mornings or afternoons, either 9 a.m. to noon EST or 1 to 4 p.m. EST, and they begin Feb. 23 and end March 30.

For more information or to register for the courses, visit

Ashley Langreck

Field Editor