Annie’s Project to be offered by WVU Extension Service
Annie’s Project, the popular program which provides risk management education for women in agriculture, is coming back to our local area through the West Virginia University Extension Service. An advanced level is being added for participants who completed the original training.
Annie’s Project provides training, resources and networking opportunities to help West Virginia women build viable, efficient and sustainable farm businesses. The first courses cover everything from business planning, finances and marketing to food safety and insurance. The second level teaches business, estate, retirement and succession planning. Both groups can expect meaningful networking opportunities that extend well beyond the course.
“The need to understand agribusiness risks and how to effectively reduce the impact of these risks remains the same regardless of gender,” Dee Singh-Knights, WVU Extension Service agricultural economics specialist, said. “It’s the unique, peer-to-peer learning environment and networking opportunities that make Annie’s Project a unique and welcoming experience for women in our field.”
The training is scheduled for January through February of 2015 (January 5, 12, 26 and February 2, 9 and 16) beginning at 6:00 pm. The training will take place at Spring Valley High School and offers a full online version. Classes will meet once per week for six weeks, and each session lasts for three hours. The fee for the course is $25, and includes all materials and refreshments. Some financial aid is available for those who find the cost prohibitive.
By using local experts to provide instruction, Annie’s Project has built a solid track record of success in more than 34 states. The WVU Extension Service is partnering with the WVU Small Farm Center, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NESARE), West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition (WVFFC), West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Farm Credit of the Virginias and Farm Service Agency to provide the training in West Virginia.
You may also contact Gary Selby, WVU Wayne County CRED Extension Agent at 304-272-6839 or at email@example.com or Rich Sherman, WVU Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Cabell County at 304-743-7131 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Micro Agriculture Program!
Guyan Conservation District residents(Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Mingo, Logan and Boone counties) are eligible for cost-share programs through the agricultural enhancement program. The Micro Agriculture Program is a cost share program that will reimburse up to 75% of the expense of commercially produced rain barrels, raised beds or composting structures. For more information please see the application form or contact the Guyan Conservation District office at: (304)-528-5718 or via email: email@example.com
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This new procedure will allow you to submit your soil tests much quicker. You will need to supply your own bag(snack size ziploc, small sandwich, or other bag that can be tied or sealed) for this method. You only need to send about 1/2 cup of soil from your combined samples to be tested. You will be able to mail these in a regular envelope or a priority mailer(flat rate or standard) works well when sending multiple samples.
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