Annie’s Project – Education for Farm Women is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational programs designed to strengthen women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise. Currently, classes are being taught in 33 states. In Illinois, Annie’s Project collaborates with University of Illinois Extension to offer educational opportunities for women farmers and ranchers. Annie’s Projects foster problem solving, record keeping, and decision-making skills in farm women. Managing for Today and Tomorrow, a second level Annie’s Project course, teaches business, estate, retirement and succession planning.
American Farmland Trust’s The Women for the Land Initiative seeks to understand, engage and empower women farmland owners and women farmers to adopt environmentally sound farming practices, protect farmland, and enhance farm viability now and for the future.
While women are increasingly playing primary decision-making roles on farmland, and are inclined towards conservation, they are underrepresented in use of USDA and other conservation programs. With the support of a cooperative agreement with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), AFT is poised to work with stakeholders rooted in local communities to connect women landowners and farmers with key resource providers in their area who can help increase women’s implementation of conversation programs and land protection strategies.