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Coles County Women in Agriculture – “Planning for the Future”

by David Shiley, Extension Educator

Local Food Systems and Small Farms

In 2016, a program entitled "Annie's Project – Education for Farm Women" was offered in Charleston. Annie's Project education modules help women in agriculture develop their management and decision making skills in the dynamic, complex world of agriculture.

Since that time, coordinators of the national "Annie's Project" program have been working on a follow-up program, which will be offered in Coles County during the winter of 2017. While plans are being finalized for "Annie's Project II", the University of Illinois Extension and Coles County Farm Bureau have joined forces to present a farm management continuing education opportunity for women in agriculture.

On July 12th, a program entitled "Coles County Women in Agriculture – Planning for the Future" will be offered at Lake Land College in Room 081 of Webb Hall. The presentation will begin at 6:30 pm and conclude at 8:30 pm. The speaker for the evening is Derek Dickinson, J.D., Financial Security Consultant at COUNTRY Financial.

The topics presented at this meeting include Trusts, Wills and Estate Planning. In addition to learning about these topics, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their situation with Derek Dickinson, JD during the evening program.

Women's roles on farm operations have changed drastically over the past several decades. More women are taking active roles in farm management; in fact, a woman now manages one out of every seven farms. This continuing education program is an effort to support and strengthen women's role in the modern farm enterprise.

The July 12th program is open to all women in agriculture, within and outside Coles County. It is free to attend, but preregistration is requested by July 7, 2017. Register on-line at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/.

If you have questions or need assistance with registering, contact Dave Shiley at the University of Illinois Extension office in Arthur at 217-543-3755 or dshiley@illinois.edu . You can also register by contacting Mary Cox, Coles County Farm Bureau manager at 217-345-3276, or colesmgr@consolidated.net. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact us.

For more information on University of Illinois Extension programming in Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby counties, visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/index.html or call us at (217)345-7034.

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