New Annie’s Project Course: Managing for today and tomorrow

Farm Forum

Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a productive, agricultural business can be challenging. Farm women can have a key role in successful farm transitions. Managing for Today and Tomorrow, a new Annie’s Project course for women, is divided into the following planning areas:

· Succession Planning – Transferring knowledge, skills, labor, management, control and ownership between generations.

· Business Planning – Developing goals, strategies and actions that form a road map to business growth.

· Estate Planning – Managing an individual’s asset base in ones’ lifetime, at death or after death.

· Retirement Planning – Designing an enjoyable and productive time in life.

Extension specialists and local professionals will teach the sessions on business, estate, retirement and succession planning. Besides brief presentations, there will be discussions based on participant questions and follow-up activities for family members to complete at home. This is an opportunity for farm women to meet with others who share similar issues and concerns. A small class size will make it comfortable for everyone to speak up and have questions answered.

This program is being piloted for the first time in both Ashley and Minot, N.D. Five weekly, three-hour sessions will be offered Tuesday afternoons on March 5, 12, 19, 25 & April 2, 2013 from 1 – 4 p.m. Classes will be held at the McIntosh County Courtroom in Ashley, ND and Ward County classes are being held at the North Central Research Extension Center in Minot, N.D.

The Early Bird registration by Feb. 19th is $100 or $125 registration after Feb. 20 – March 1st. This cost includes a 260-page workbook with fact sheets, hands-on activities and presentations. Course size is limited and registration is due by March 1st. A limited number of scholarships are available when signing up for the classes in both locations.

For more information contact Crystal Schaunaman ( at (701) 288-3465 or Paige Brummund ( at (701) 857-6444. Farm women may also register online at or

Managing Today and Tomorrow is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2011-49400-30584. This new Annie’s Project course is offered by state university extension programs, Farm Credit Council, Farm Credit National Contributions Program, and several local Farm Credit associations.

McIntosh and Ward Counties are piloting this program in N.D. for the first time, so don’t miss out on this opportunity. Send in your Registration Form today! Seats are limited.