University of Maryland Extension

Annie’s Project: Women Managing Commercial Poultry

Annie's Project
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 - 9:15am
Carvel Research & Education Center OR UD Paradee Center
Carvel R&EC
16483 County Seat Hwy.
Georgetown, DE 19947
United States
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Annie’s Project
Annie was a woman who grew up in a small town in Northern Illinois. Her goal was to marry a farmer and she did. Annie spent her lifetime learning how to be an involved business partner with her farm husband. Together they did great things, but it wasn’t easy. This is Annie’s Project – to take her experiences and share it with women involved in agriculture.

Annie’s project is designed to empower women in agriculture to manage information and learn about agriculture in a relaxed local network. The target audience is women with a passion for agriculture.

Project Topics cover the five areas of Risk Management: Production, Market, Financial, Legal Risk, and Human Resources.

Annie’s Project: Women Managing Commercial Poultry

This workshop will incorporate the values of Annie’s Project and focus them to those who are interested in expanding their knowledge of managing commercial poultry production.

Thursday evening, beginning October 12th – Nov 16th Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Two locations offered at the same time. Zoom Web Conferencing will be used to bring the two locations together.

Carvel Research & Education Center
16483 County Seat Highway
Georgetown, DE 19947


UD Paradee Center
69 Transportation Circle
Dover, DE 19901

Course fee: $75.00 per person
Includes Dinner and All Course Materials
There is an additional $100.00 fee for FSA Borrower Training attendees.
Delaware Nutrient Management Continuing Educational Credits offered for some sessions.
For registration information contact Jenny Rhodes 410-758-0166 or Tracy Wootten 302.856.7303 ext. 538, or visit the website at

Location facilitators:
Dover, DE
Sydney Young Riggi, Extension Agent, Nutrient Management, 302-730-4000,
Susan Garey, 4-H Extension Agent, Kent County, 302-730-4000,

Georgetown, DE
Jenny Rhodes, Senior Agent, Agriculture & Natural Resources, 410-758-0166,
Tracy Wootten, Extension Agent Horticulture, 302-856-7303 ext. 538,
Georgie Cartanza, Extension Poultry Agent, 302-856-7303, ext.557
Jon Moyle, Extension State Poultry Specialist, 410-742-1178 ext 309,

*Inclement weather policy – if Carvel Research & Education Center is closed there will be no in either location class.

Dinner will begin at 5:30 pm with social and networking sessions to begin promptly at 6:00 pm.

Session One – October 12
Georgetown, Carvel Research & Education Center Room 3
Dover, University of Delaware Paradee Center Room 122

6:00 pm - Annie’s Project Introduction
Class Introductions
Class Survey

6:30 pm - Women in Poultry Farming: A Personal Experience
Mary Lou Brown, Poultry farm owner and operator

7:00 pm – Overview of Poultry Industry on Delmarva
Dr. Jon Moyle, Poultry Specialist, University of MD Extension

7:30 pm Colors Personality Test
Jenny Rhodes, Agriculture Educator, University of MD Extension & Tracy Wooten, Horticulture Agent, University of Delaware
The Personality I.Q. workshop is a spinoff of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicators. Using a simple series of word associations, participants will acquire a deeper understanding and insights of their personality style and work type. Hopefully this leads to clearer perceptions about ourselves and the different gifts we each bring to our families, work groups and personal relationships.

Session Two – October 19
Carvel Research & Education Center Room 3
Dover, University of Delaware Paradee Center Room 122

6:00 pm - Understanding your Farm Insurance Policy
Charlie Gray, Nationwide Insurance (Georgetown location)
Farming can be a risky business, therefore farms should take measures to protect themselves. This session will focus on insurance topics and policy information regarding liability protection and risk management. It will also suggest points to ponder including ATVs, as well as production liability insurance and much more.

7:00 pm – Controller/Computers, Are You Using All the Data to Your Benefit?
Georgie Cartanza, Poultry Agent, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension
Controllers set new standards in the poultry industry. Controllers enable poultry farmers to raise their flocks under the best conditions possible and reduce operating expenses while increasing your efficiency. Learn how to take the information controllers collect and use it to increase performance.

8:00 pm - 2017 USDA Farm Service Agency Update
Robin L. Talley, Program Specialist/District Director, Delaware Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Colleen Reed, Farm Loan Officer, FSA
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers farm commodity, crop insurance, credit, environmental, conservation, and emergency assistance programs for farmers and ranchers. Learn how FSA can help your poultry farm operation

Session Three – October 26
Georgetown, Carvel Research & Education Center Room 3
Dover, University of Delaware Paradee Center Room 122

6:00 pm – Preparing for Annual Financial Meeting with Your Lender.
Stacey Warner, Loan Officer, MidAtlantic Farm Credit (Georgetown location)
Jennifer Feindt, Loan Officer, MidAtlantic Farm Credit (Dover location)
Keeping good financial records not only benefits you but also your lender. Now that you have a mortgage on your farm and most likely other type of equipment loans, what is needed to be done in preparation for meeting with your lender annually? Learn what is required of borrowers and other loan options that are available through Farm Credit.

6:45 pm – Credit Reports and Personal Finance
Melissa Welch, Extension Educator, University of MD Extension
Credit history or credit report is a record of an individual's past borrowing and repaying, including information about late payments and bankruptcy. When you fill out an application for credit from a bank, store or credit card company, their information is forwarded to a credit bureau. Therefore, it is important that you understand credit reports and know your credit score. We will cover how to read and access your credit report.

7:30 pm – Computers, Webtools and Resources For Your Farm Business
Jenny Rhodes and Shannon Dill, Extension Educators, University of MD Extension
Computer technology provides many benefits to business/farm operations. Computers can increase farm efficiency by managing financial and production records. This session will review resources and tools such as Quickbooks, Excel and others that are available for agricultural businesses. Learn how Excel spreadsheets and Quickbooks will help maintain records and improve your farm business.

Session Four – November 2
Georgetown, Carvel Research & Education Center Room 3
Dover, University of Delaware Paradee Center Room 122

6:00 pm – Poultry Disease
Dr. Dan Bautista, DVM, MS, Director, Lasher Laboratory
Knowing the different diseases of chickens and knowing the signs of sick birds are very important. Early detection is a key for growers. Dr. Bautista has first-hand knowledge of the diseases that can impact your farm.

7:00 pm - Farm Safety, Litter Management, & Biosecurity
Dr. Jon Moyle, Poultry Specialist, University of MD Extension & Jenny Rhodes, Agriculture Educator, University of MD Extension
Working on the farm and in a chicken house can be very dangerous, time consuming and complex. This session will focus on many aspects of farm safety, and different options of litter management.

8:00 pm – 2017 USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Update
Timothy Garrahan, Farm Bill Program Specialist, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the primary federal agency that works with private landowners to help them conserve, maintain, and improve their natural resources. Learn about the many cost share programs available for poultry farms.

Session Five – November 9
Georgetown, Carvel Research & Education Center Room 3
Dover, University of Delaware Paradee Center Room 122

6:00 pm – Production Risk Management -Better Management, Increase Profitability,
Brooding, Ventilation, and Water
Amy Syster, Chemtrade Solutions, LLC
There are many aspects of production management. This session will cover aspects of the attention to detail needed when it comes to understanding your settlement, brooding, ventilation and water management during the flock.

7:30 pm -Working Smarter Not Harder
Group discussion
Participants will discuss tips they incorporate on their farms for how to make difficult tasks much simpler.

Session Six – November 16
Georgetown, Carvel Research & Education Center Room 3
Dover, University of Delaware Paradee Center Room 122

6:00 pm - Legal Risk Management – Entities, Contracts, and Agriculture Business Laws Affecting Commercial Poultry
Kelley Nuckolas, Legal Specialist, University of Maryland
We will discuss the different forms of ownership or property titling that impacts the rights of each and every person: Sole Proprietor, Partnerships, Corporations, Joint Tenancy; Rights of Survivorship; Incorporation versus Partnership; along with contracts and laws that affect commercial poultry farms.

6:45 pm
Annie’s Graduation
Course Wrap-Up
End of Class Evaluation

Jenny Rhodes
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