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Women in Agriculture Events Announced for 2020

The MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Program is proud to announce winter programs for 2020.  These include the Annual Conference, 5 locations of Annie’s Project and a QuickBooks Class for farm businesses.  Also announced is the complete year of Wednesday Webinars with a variety of topics. Check out the events planned for this winter on our website and follow us on social media !!! 

QuickBooks for Farm Businesses

By request - The University of Maryland Extension will be offering a QuickBooks class for farm use.  There is the option of two trainings on January 6 and you can register for both classes or just one. Learn how to manage your files, operate windows software, protect your computer, develop spreadsheets and use QuickBooks.  Classes will be held at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.  Class sizes are limited so please register online at  For questions please contact or 410-822-1244.  The cost of each class is $20.

If you need special assistance, please register 1 week ahead of time.  This course is open to anyone interested in learning more about computers for their farm business.

QuickBooks for Farm Businesses: Beginners – January 6, 9am – noon

Chesapeake College, Queen Anne’s Technical Building

Everyday tasks just got more efficient. QuickBooks can quickly organize your business finances and show you exactly where you stand. Instantly create invoices, track payments, manage expenses, and access information. Quickly locate any account, report, or invoice with just a keyword. Complete transactions faster with convenient access to your customer’s or vendor’s balance and transaction history.

QuickBooks for Farm Businesses: Advanced – January 6, 1 – 4 pm

Chesapeake College, Queen Anne’s Technical Building

Are you using QuickBooks but would like more advanced information?  This session is for QuickBooks users and will address more advanced topics.  These include setting up fixed asset accounts, using a business credit card, lines of credit, enterprise accounting and payroll.

2020 Annie's Project Classes Announced

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 farmwomen and women involved in agriculture with a passion for business, agriculture and involvement in the farm operation.  Topics for the sessions cover the five areas of Risk Management – Production, Marketing, Financial, Legal Risk, Human Resources. This course is open to anyone interested in farm management practices.

For more information call Shannon Dill at 410-822-1244 ( or Jenny Rhodes at 410-758-0166 ( or visit the website at

Register online at:

Annie’s Project is approved for FSA Borrower Training which includes an additional workbook requirement.  Please contact Shannon Dill at 410-822-1244 for more information.

2020 Annie’s Project Locations

  • Southern MD
6 sessions, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
January 14, 28 February 11, 25, March 10, 24 (Alternate Tuesdays- total of 6 sessions)
Location: Harriet Brown Community Center, 901 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Karyn Owens, Program Specialist
Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC)
Kelly Swann, Agricultural Development Specialist, Calvert County Economic Development
  • Lower Shore
6 sessions, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
February 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9, 16 (March 23 snow date)
Location: Pocomoke City Elks #1624, 1944 Worcester Hwy, Pocomoke City, MD 21851
Sarah Hirsh, Extension Educator and Maegan Perdue, Extension Educator
  • Frederick County
6 sessions, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
February 3, 10, 17, 24, and March 2 and 9 (March 16 and 23 snow dates)
Location: Frederick County Extension Office, 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 21702
Kelly Nichols, Extension Educator  
  • Baltimore County
6 sessions, 6:00 pm – 9:00pm
February 19, 26, March, 4, 11, 18, & 25th (April 1 snow date)
Location: Baltimore Ag Center, 1114 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Erika Crowl, Extension Educator 
  • MidShore
6 sessions, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
February 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19, 26  (April 2 snow date)
Location: Chesapeake Culinary Center, 512 Franklin St, Denton, MD 21629
Jenny Rhodes, Extension Educator  and Shannon Dill, Extension Educator 

Women in Ag Conference 2020

Women across the region coming together to EDUCATE, ENGAGE, EMPOWER.


February 13, 2020 will mark our 19th Annual MidAtlantic Women In Agriculture Regional Conference.

The conference goals are to provide women involved in agriculture an opportunity to come together to learn about current issues and topics so they can make informed decisions concerning their agribusinesses and family lives. Sessions will cover topics in marketing, financial, production and legal.

Back by popular demand we will offer a preconference, February 12, 2020 with the option of two topics following by the harness racing reception:

  • (Option A) Mindfully Managing Stress and Building Farm and Farm Family Resilience
  • (Option B) From Farm to Market: Tips and tools for promoting, displaying and selling produce

Location: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Dover, Delaware (room rates available). Details will continue to be added

Registration at:

For further information, contact: Shannon Dill at or (410) 822-1244

2020 Wednesday Webinars

Offered the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.  Topics cover all areas of risk management. To see the full listing and to register visit:

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