The extension office is delighted to once again offer Annie’s Project beginning in January. This program is designed for women who are interested in taking a more active role in farm or business operations.

Annie’s Project strengthens women’s role in modern farm enterprises – yet applies to women involved in all aspects of agriculture and business. The project’s namesake was a woman who grew up in a small rural community and spent her adult life learning how to be an involved, successful business partner with her husband. Annie’s daughter, Ruth Hambleton, became an Extension educator in Illinois and developed the program in 2000 in honor of her mother’s life experience.

Annie’s Project is currently offered in 22 states, including Ohio. The program focuses on five broad aspects of risk management typical in the agricultural setting: human, financial, marketing, production and legal. Topics that are covered in the workshop include understanding and enhancing communication skills, basic recordkeeping and financial statements, crop insurance needs and concerns, business planning and structure, grain marketing, retirement and long-term care needs, local resources, and more. To learn more about Annie’s Project and see how it has changed women’s lives, please visit:

OSU Extension began offering Annie’s Project in 2007, touching hundreds of lives since and inspiring women to become more active in agricultural roles. Annie’s Project was last offered in Putnam County in 2014 to 25 local women. Much has changed in the world of agriculture over the past few years, and Annie’s Project is one way for women to keep in touch with changing trends and factors influencing farm and family life.

Annie’s Project will be held at the Putnam County Extension office in Ottawa from 5:30-9 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Jan. 8 and running consecutive Tuesdays through Feb.19 (no class on Feb. 12). Annie’s Project has received wide support not only from participants, but agricultural lenders, agribusinesses, ag service providers and agricultural organizations, which have provided information, class instructors and sponsorship for the workshops. Cost for the workshop has been reduced from the statewide fee of $95 to $65 per person due to generous donations from our local sponsors Ag Credit, Farm Credit, Schroeder Law, Northwestern Mutual and Farm Bureau.

The registration fee includes a meal served prior to each evening’s educational program and all materials. Seating is limited to 25 participants, so early registration is encouraged. Please share this announcement with your family members, neighbors, friends, and those women who might be interested!

To register or for more information on Annie’s Project, please contact the Putnam County Extension office at 419-523-6294, by email at or stop in at 1206 East Second Street in Ottawa. Registration forms can also be found on our website at or on our Facebook page by searching for OSU Extension Putnam County.