Webster County course to educate Iowa farm women

Women’s roles in agriculture continue to expand. In Iowa, one in five principle operators or primary managers of farm businesses are women. Women involved in agriculture in Iowa have a significant economic impact — nearly $500 million.

Webster County Extension is offering Women Managing Farm Finances beginning Jan. 11, 2018, and continuing Feb. 1, Feb. 22 and March 15, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A light meal will be provided from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost of the course is $40. Classes will be held at Soldier Creek Winery in Fort Dodge.

During the four-week course, participants will gain an understanding of how to complete a balance sheet and calculate key ratios like current ratio and debt to assets to help them determine how their business is doing. Other topics covered include income statements, cash flow and budgeting and benchmarking.

“This is a great opportunity for women to gain a better understanding of the primary aspects involved in keeping a farm business healthy,” said Kelvin Leibold, Farm and Ag Business Management Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Register at the Webster County Extension Office, 217 S. 25th St., C-12, or call the office at 576-2119 to sign up or for more information.