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USDA Deputy Secretary Addresses Annie's Project Graduates

USDA Deputy Secretary along with 2015 Annie's Project Graduates

Annie’s Project goes out with a bang in 2015!  The program graduated 37 women in agriculture adding to 508 total since 2008.  Annie’s Project focuses on the many aspects of farm management and is designed to empower women in overall farm decision making and to build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is women with a passion for business, agriculture and involvement in farm operations.  Topics for the sessions cover the five areas of Risk Management – Production, Marketing, Financial, Legal Risk, Human Resources.

During graduation of the MidShore Annie’s Project class USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden surprised the group with a visit.  The USDA recognizes the critical role women play in our country’s agricultural future.  Recently USDA hosted a panel to review how statistics are gathered for women in agriculture and have created a new Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network.

The Deputy Secretary delivered an important message to the graduates of Annie’s Project challenging them to serve, lead and inspire others in agriculture, especially their fellow female peers.  She also encouraged the women to step forward and take an active role in shaping the future of agriculture education and legislation through serving on committees, advocating for agriculture and serving as a mentor to others.

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