The first Women in Ag — A Kansas Annie’s Project — concluded this month. This project was made available through a grant from the North Central Risk Management Agency.


The first Women in Ag — A Kansas Annie’s Project — concluded this month. This project was made available through a grant from the North Central Risk Management Agency.  The Agriculture Extension agents from Harvey, Pratt and Stafford counties wrote the grant last year. We competed against several other states and were successful in receiving $20,400 to help fund the project.
The project’s goal is to help women involved in agriculture improve their business skills, become more involved in the business, and to develop a network among themselves and other agencies whose objective is to help them be successful. The agencies include extension, commodity grain financial institutions and governmental agencies.
The grant’s goal is to reach 100 women across the state. Our first project was on the Hutchinson Community College campus. A group of 20 women met for six Saturdays during a three-month period. They learned more about different personality types, cost of production, marketing concepts, farm employee management, farm financial statements, estate planning and how to use the record keeping software “Quicken Deluxe 2010.”
This group was the pilot group, and they not only participated but also evaluated the material they were presented. A curriculum notebook was then put together, and it is being shared across the state to other extension areas. It will then be replicated across the state, hopefully reaching 100 or more women.
Evaluations received were very good, and having the grant has really enabled the project to move forward.
Anyone wishing to learn more about the project can call me at the Harvey County Extension office at 284-6930 or e-mail me at jjames@ksu.edu.

Jonie James is Harvey County Extension agent, agriculture.