Annie’s Project is a series of workshops for women involved in farming and ranching and decision-making in the complex, dynamic world of agriculture. If you are a farm or ranch woman with a passion for business involvement, these workshops are designed just for you. The workshops consist of six three-hour sessions with participation limited to 20 people.


Annie’s Project is a series of workshops for women involved in farming and ranching and decision-making in the complex, dynamic world of agriculture. If you are a farm or ranch woman with a passion for business involvement, these workshops are designed just for you. The workshops consist of six three-hour sessions with participation limited to 20 people.


The Carter County OSU Extension is hosting the workshops, however; you need not reside in Carter County to participate. The sessions will be held once weekly, on Thursdays from 2-5 p.m, at the OSU Extension Office in Ardmore. A tentative itinerary includes the following topics:


Session 1 (Jan. 8)


• True Colors: Understanding Personalities to Improve Communication
• Family and Business Management


Session 2 (Jan. 15)


• Family Financial Management
• Cash and Crop Share Leases
• Legal Issues and Property Ownership


Session 3 (Jan. 22)


• Business Planning/Financial Statements
• Retirement Planning
• Estate Planning


Session 4 (Jan. 29)


• Marketing and Alternative Enterprises
• Crop and Livestock Marketing
• Insurance


Session 5 (Feb. 5)


• Computer Tools: Software and Decision-making Resources


Session 19 (Feb. 19)


• Special Requests –– Topics selected by participants


Speakers and presenters will include Carter County OSU Extension Educators, OSU Extension State and Area Specialists, and a local private practice attorney and insurance agency.  For additional information and registration, call the Carter County OSU Extension Office (580-223-6570) and speak with Denise Menke.


I will provide more specifics in the coming weeks, but get your name on the list as soon as possible.


Early Spring Roundup Slated


The 2009 edition of the annual Early Spring Roundup program, presented by the Carter, Love  and Marshall County OSU Extension offices is falling into place.


As always, Red River Livestock Auction is hosting this year’s program and the dates are Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9.


Mark those dates on your calendar now!


I will provide more specifics in the coming weeks, but this year’s program will address Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), Carbon Credits, the new Farm Bill, and management strategies for stocker operators and cow/calf producers to reduce costs in a weaker cattle market. I think you will find it very informative.


As always, meals will be provided and nightly drawings for door prizes will be conducted in addition to a grand-prize drawing for a 10,000-watt Lincoln welder/generator. Don’t miss this opportunity!


Registration forms will be mailed directly in the coming weeks, but you can also call the OSU Extension offices (Carter 580/223-6570, Love 580/276-3385 or Marshall 580/795-3563) to sign up.


Food for Thought: Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It’s just stale bread anyway.