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Over the past few months, Purdue Extension Vermillion County has been very busy! This winter newsletter discusses everything from news within the Homemakers club to tips for holiday shoppers. You can learn more about closing gardens and events that are soon to occur within Vermillion county by reading the attached PDF at the bottom of this page. 

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Annie’s Project course starts January 20th


Farm women continue to generate a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets, and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. During Annie’s Project courses, farm women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.  Dr. Jason Johnson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, says “Annie’s Project doesn’t create farmers and ranchers, we make better agribusiness managers and partners, so family legacies can be created, maintained and transferred to future generations.”  

Annie’s Project, a six-week course, is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing, and the legal field. There's plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting, and connecting with presenters and fellow participants. It's a relaxed, fun, and dynamic way to learn, grow, and meet other farm women.


Whether new or experienced, understanding the five areas of agricultural risk, knowing how to analyze agricultural spreadsheets, and other necessary skills are vital. Learning them in a friendly environment where questions and discussion are welcomed, allow the learning process to flourish.  Annie’s Project courses have successfully reached more than 9,000 farm and ranch women in 33 states.  A local 2019 Annie’s Project participant said, “I got so much out of the training.  I’m re-doing my estate because of the estate planning session.  I realized what I had wasn’t done the way I wanted it (by previous attorney).  Bring on more training.  I also like the networking.”


Purdue Extension is pleased to be offering our next Annie’s Project course on Thursday evenings, starting January 20th, from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. through February 24th at the Vermillion County Fairgrounds Community Building in Cayuga Park.  The cost of the course is $75 per person, which includes a workbook and support materials for all sessions.  Scholarships are also available.  A light supper will be served before each class at 5:30 P.M.  Course size is limited, so please register soon and not later than January 13th.  Social distancing will be encouraged.


More detailed information can be found at or by contacting Vermillion County Extension Educators, Lori Bouslog ( or Phil Cox ( at (765)492-5330; and on the associated registration form in this newsletter.  In addition, more information can be found on the National Annie’s Project website at .  Sponsors for this Annie’s Project course include: Farm Credit, First Financial Bank, Vermillion County Soil & Water Conservation District, Scott Pet Products, Cargill, Vermillion County Farm Bureau, and Ag Prospects, LLC. 


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