Annie’s Project For Women in Agriculture Coming to Amarillo Oct. 2-Nov. 6

    Annie’s Project — Education for Women in Agriculture will offer targeted training in agricultural risk to women in the Texas Panhandle beginning Oct. 2. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter)
    The six-week educational workshop specifically tailored toward women in agriculture will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Boulevard W.

    Sessions will meet from 5:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday, Oct. 2-Nov. 6. Speaker topics will address five primary agricultural risk areas — financial, human resources, legal, market and production risk.

    Registration is open to all women and is required at Only 25 seats are available. The registration deadline is Oct. 1. The $75 fee covers costs associated with instruction, dinner, equipment and materials used in the workshop.

    “Our target audience is women with a passion for agribusiness, whether they married into it, have been a part of it all their life, inherited the operation or just plain wanted to start on their own,” said DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist and coordinator for the program, Amarillo.

    On the agenda

    The sessions and their dates, topics and speakers will be as follows:

    Session I, Oct. 2 – Human Resource Management: Arianne Chavez, CPA, controller for AgriVision Farm Management, Hartley, and a Northern Texas Panhandle producers panel.

    Session II, Oct. 9 – Farm Policy and U.S. Department of Agriculture Programs: Bart Fischer, Ph.D., co-director of Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Bryan-College Station, and Samantha Dutcher, USDA Farm Service Agency executive director in Randall County.

    Session III, Oct. 16 – Legal/Liability Risk Management: Tiffany Lashmet, J.D., AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist and associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Amarillo.

    Session IV, Oct. 23 – Family Financial Planning and Mental Health: Jason Johnson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension economist and associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Stephenville, and Miquela Smith, AgriLife Extension health program specialist, Lubbock.

    Session V, Oct. 30 – Financial Risk Management: Rachel Myers, owner of Myers Crop Insurance, Claude, and Brenda Heymer, owner of Heymer Management Accounting Services, Amarillo.

    Session IV, Nov. 6 – Marketing and Production: Jones, and Donna Hughes, senior risk management consultant for Stone X, Abilene.


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