- Associated Press - Monday, January 25, 2016

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) - A training program aiming to help women in agriculture better understand farm and ranch management will begin in Watertown next month.

The South Dakota State University Extension is offering the series of courses with topics that include farm record-keeping, marketing, communication skills, insurance, and retirement and estate planning.

The courses are part of Annie’s Project, a program that started in Illinois in 2003 and has since spread to other states. The program is named for an Illinois woman who ran a farm and raised six children in the 1950s.

Robin Salverson with SDSU Extension says the program is designed to empower women by providing detailed information and networking opportunities.

The series of six classes begins Feb. 16 at the Regional Extension Center in Watertown. The cost is $125 per person.

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