Participants traveled to Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, coming from a seven-county radius of Buena Vista, Clay, Emmet, Hancock, Humboldt, Kossuth and Palo Alto Counties.
"I had read about Annie's Project through farm magazines in the past, but had never heard of an opportunity around here," said Coleen Imming, marketing specialist at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.
Farming roots run deep in the Imming family---both she and her husband, Doug, who has been farming since the early 1980s, come from farming backgrounds.
Their daughter, Janie, an advisory team member with SciMax Solutions Advisory Team at Max Yield, encouraged Coleen to take advantage of the program.
The program was led by female agricultural professionals from Farm Credit, POET Biorefining, Kiesling and Associates, Hughes/Brennan/Wurtz Insurance and the USDA Farm Services Agency, and covered farm financial statements, grain marketing, crop/farm insurance, farm taxes, farmland leasing, estate/business planning.
"We were provided extensive information and resources on a wide variety of ag-related topics by excellent speakers," Imming explained, noting further topics such as sealing grain, input costs, life insurance needs and special use valuation, as well as Ag Decision Maker and other helpful web sites.
Participants learned to manage and organize important information, hone decision-making skills and network with other female farmers, providing an insight of just how much farming has changed in the past few years.
"I truly enjoyed the team of professionals that pulled this group together, and know that if I have any further questions, I know who I can call on," she said.
Following completion of the program, participants received a certificate marking their accomplishment.
Annie's Project in Emmetsburg was sponsored by Iowa State Palo Alto County Extension, MaxYield Cooperative, Farm Credit Services of America, Stateline Cooperative, Storm Committee of Palo Alto County, Iowa Trust and Savings Bank and Iowa State Bank.
Iowa State Extension plans to expand the program, offering it in more locations in the future.