Program Overview


Annie's Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise. The program is designed to empower farmwomen to manage information systems used in critical decision making processes and to build local networks throughout the state.  Annie’s Project has been successfully conducted in over 30 states.


In the basic Annie’s project course, farm women are exposed to information on financial records, production records, marketing plans and risk management, communication, legal regulation, estate planning, and human resources.  Participants are able to share and compare life’s experiences and learn from other women who are living and working in a complex, dynamic agriculture business environment.


Managing for Today and Tomorrow, a second level Annie's Project course, teaches business, estate, retirement and succession planning. Farm women will develop networks and skills key to making successful farm transitions.


Since 2008 there have been over 15 Annie’s programs offered in Michigan.



Contact Information:


Annies State Coordinator for Michigan

Warren L. Schauer, Business Management Educator

Institute for Agriculture and Agribusiness, MSU Extension

2840 College Ave., Escanaba, MI 49829-9591

Toll free number: 1-888-678-3464 Extension 33582

Phone: 906-786-3032

Fax: 906-786-2643



Additional Michigan contacts: 

            South West – Adam Kantrovich, 616-994-4580

            South East-Central – Roger Betz, 269-781-0784

            East- Central - Dennis Stein, 989-672-3870

            West – Northern Lower – Curtis Talley,  231-873-2129



Schedule of currently scheduled workshops


Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Tuesdays: February 26, March 12, 19, 26, April 2, and 16, 2013
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Hancock/Houghton

The registration brochure will be available on January 15, 2013 on the web at and Registrations will be accepted beginning January 15. The cost is $50 per person and class size is limited to the first 20 paid registrants. For registration brochures, questions or more information contact Warren Schauer at 906-786-3032.


Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Date: Late Spring/Summer
Location: Central Upper Peninsula

To get on mailing list for registration brochures, questions or more information contact Warren Schauer at 906-786-3032.



Resource materials and link to the National site


National Annie’s Website: