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NMSU to offer Annie’s Project courses for women in agriculture in Eastern New Mexico

  • By Tatiana Favela
  • 575-646-3221
  • tfavela5@nmsu.edu
  • Nov 22, 2021
ally, on the left, is a farmer with her husband, and Berlin, on the right, is a young farmer who went through a beginning farmer/rancher program offered by TableTop Co-op in Tucumcari.

A new program being offered by New Mexico State University aims to empower women in agriculture to become successful full partners or operators on the farm and ranch.

Annie’s Project is a six-week course that provides evidence-based training with interactive discussions and hands-on exercises. Women from various sub-sectors of agriculture are brought together through the course, and learn from experts in production, fiscal management, human resources, marketing, and the legal field.

NMSU Cooperative Extension Service in Quay County, with the help from a steering committee of local agricultural and business women, and support from multiple sponsors, is bringing Annie’s Project to Tucumcari next year starting Jan. 15. The six consecutive sessions will take place on Saturdays through February 19.

The program engages women in agriculture in five core areas of agricultural risk, including analyzing agricultural finances. The program offers an open, interactive environment where questions and discussions cultivate learning and life-long support systems.

For over 20 years, Annie’s Project has provided knowledge and experience to more than 15,000 farm and ranch women in 33 states. The program encourages agricultural women of all backgrounds to participate.

Registration is $100 for all six classes for those who register before Dec. 15. After that date, the registration fee will be $125. All those who register will be provided lunch for each class.

To register, visit the NMSU Quay County Cooperative Extension website at http://quayextension.nmsu.edu/annies-project.html or call 575-461-0562.

Sponsors who are helping bring Annie’s Project to Eastern New Mexico include Farmers Electric Cooperative (matched by CoBank), Farm Credit of NM, New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, the City of Tucumcari, American Heritage Bank, Citizens Bank, New Mexico Bank & Trust, and Box Family Farms.

For more information, contact Susann Mikkelson at NMSU Quay County Extension Service, 575-461-0562 or susannm@nmsu.edu. More information about Annie’s Project can also be found on the national website at www.AnniesProject.org.