Cole Ehmke1

1University Of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, United States



Annie’s Project is an 18-hour educational program carried out over six weeks. The course is designed to empower farm and ranch women to better engage in the leadership of agricultural enterprises by both 1) developing skills in risk management and 2) building local social and information networks. This poster describes the Annie’s Project methodology and its implementation in the western American state of Wyoming. In addition to describing the program methodology, the poster provides insight for facilitators developing and delivering programs to reach this audience. The USDA reports 46% of all farmers/ranchers are women, and are 13.7 percent of principal farm operators, yet women are an underserved audience. Through educational opportunities such as Annie’s, they not only increase their successes but they recruit and empower more women to take leadership roles in agriculture.


Cole Ehmke is an Extension Specialist with University of Wyoming Extension based in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. His work covers agricultural entrepreneurship topics as well as personal financial resource management. Recent projects have included coordinating the Annie’s Project program of management classes for women in agriculture, creating a regulatory guide for foods ventures, creating a business startup guide for value-added food producers, and helping business managers transition ownership and management to a new generation.

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The objective of the International Farm Management Association is to further the knowledge and understanding of farm business management and to exchange ideas and information about farm management theory and practice throughout the world. The IFMA is a non profit-making organisation and currently the Association has members in over 50 countries.

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