Department of Agricultural Economics Extension

Annie's Project History

Annie's Project is based on the life of a farm woman in Illinois. Annie grew up in a small town and had a goal to marry a farmer. She spent a lifetime learning how to be an involved business partner. She faced the challenges of three generations living under one roof, low profitability, changing farm enterprises, and raising a family. Her daughter, Ruth Hambleton founded Annie's Project out of needs she observed in farm women she knew.

The first Annie's class included women whose farming experience ranged from thinking about marrying a farmer to many years as a business partner. Each participant had valuable information and knowledge to share. Annie's Project is now being offered in many states. More information about Annie’s Project nationally (

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