WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE PROGRAM EVOLUTION
Principal Agent, Agriculture & Food Systems
University of Maryland Extension
Educational programs that target women in agriculture are more abundant than ever. Maryland and Delaware are no exception to this trend. This year marks the 13th Regional Women in Agriculture Conference and 6th year for Annie’s Project. Along with these programs, farm tours, social media, quarterly newsletters and the introduction of Annie’s Project: Managing for Today and Tomorrow have occurred.This poster will highlight the development and impacts of the Women in Agriculture initiative. Since 2008 Annie’s Project has expanded and reached 15 unique sites in Maryland and Delaware educating 469 women in agriculture. Additionally a multistate conference is held each year reaching approximately 170 women in agriculture. Through these networks a quarterly newsletter has been developed to stay in touch with participants as well as social media sites, FaceBook and Pinterest. Other specialized training has been conducted such as reunions and tours of participants’ agricultural operations. End of class and follow up evaluations are conducted for educational programing and have had significant results. Class participants leave the program with a high intent to write business and marketing plans, use computers, check credit reports, prepare financial statements, update estate plans, purchase insurance and positively increase community and family relations.
Poster has NOT been presented at any previous NACAA AM/PIC
This poster is being submitted for judging. It will be displayed at the AM/PIC if not selected as a State winner. The abstract will be published in the proceedings.
A poster file has not been provided
Authors: J. Rhodes, S.P. Dill
Rhodes, J. Agent, Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Maryland Extension, Maryland, 21617
Dill, S. Extension Educator, University of Maryland Extension,, Maryland, 21601