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Annie's Project

The mission of Annie’s Project is to empower farm/ranch women to be better business operators and/or partners through networks and managing and organizing critical information. Annie’s Project is a six-week course that meets for three hours each week, usually in the evenings. Sessions provide management education in five risk areas: production, price or market, financial, institutional and legal, and human and personal. For more information about Annie’s Project please visit the website

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Private Pesticide Recertification Meetings

Colorado State University Extension is hosting Private Pesticide Recertification sessions at various locations in Northeast Colorado. Anyone who purchases restricted-use pesticides must have a Private Pesticide Applicator license which is issued by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Private Applicator license study guides and exams can be obtained either from the Colorado Department of Agriculture or some Extension offices. Once a license is received, it is active for 3 years before renewal is needed. Renewal can be achieved by either retaking the exam or attending a recertification meeting. These recertification meetings offer credits which can be substituted for retaking the exam. Licenses that expire prior to obtaining recertification credits will require re-taking the private pesticide exam. To ensure adequate space for everyone, pre-registration is required.

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Agriculture and Business Management Programs

The Colorado State University Extension Agriculture and Business Management (ABM) Team will present two programs in 2019 that are designed to assist farmers and ranchers manage these difficult financial times in agriculture. The Financial Management Strategies program will cover topics including, risk management, business planning, enterprise budgeting, record keeping, interpretation of financial statements, and selecting farm financial software. The program will be hosted by ABM Economists, Jenny Beiermann, Dr. Norm Dalsted, and Dr. Brent Young. Program dates and locations are January 16, Grand Junction; January 24, Durango; February 18, Sterling; and February 21, La Junta. This program is funded in partnership by USDA, Risk Management Agency, under award number RM18RMEPP522C047. The 2019 Ag Outlook & Strategy Forum program will cover topics including market outlook, breakeven analysis, using commodity insurance as a part of a comprehensive marketing plan, using futures and options to manage risk, and cross hedging weaned calves. The program will be hosted by ABM Economists, Jenny Beiermann, Dr. Steve Koontz, and Dr. Brent Young. Programs dates and locations are January 17, Delta; January 31, Colorado Farm Show, Greeley; February 8, Lamar; February 19, Sterling; and February 22, Limon. This program is funded in partnership by USDA, Risk Management Agency, under award number RM18RMEPP522C047.

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