Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clay County will host the four-session Women Managing Horses program beginning Thursday, Feb. 18 and continuing Feb. 25, March 4 and March 11 from 6:00 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. The program will also offer a virtual attendance option for those who prefer to attend from their home.
The USDA 2017 Census of Agriculture reported nearly 55,000 horses, ponies, mules and donkeys on more than 9,000 farms in Iowa, and the total sales of equine in Iowa amounted to $19.7 million, ranking Iowa 11th in the nation. As horse owners and business managers, women make important decisions about the equine in their care, and the Women Managing Horses program provides a unique opportunity to learn about finances, marketing, facilities, insurance and care of horses in a relaxed, fun environment.
“Last winter, we offered an agribusiness course for women in agriculture called Annie’s Project,” said Amy Forrette, Ag Program Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County. “During that class, we had several participants interested in this Women Managing Horses program and so we are very excited to be able to offer it here in Northwest Iowa, and more specifically in Clay County.”
Forrette notes that social distancing will be maintained, as well as masks encouraged; however, if you are interested in taking the program but hesitant to attend in-person or if you live a long distance away, she is also offering the program virtually. Individuals can specify at registration how they plan to attend.
“Whether women just want to learn more about Iowa’s equine industry or need to find more profitability from their equine business, this course offers something for everyone,” Forrette said. “This is a great opportunity for all horse lovers to learn, network and gain some new research-based resources.”
Sessions will cover financial documentation and breakeven analysis, equine insurance, annual horse health care plans, evaluation of feed rations, marketing your equine business, environmental management and land use decisions.
Individuals can register online at http://www.aep.iastate.edu/womeninag/2021/spencer.html or by contacting Amy Forrette at the ISU Extension and Outreach Clay County office at 712-262-2264 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration deadline is Feb. 11.
Women Managing Horses is led by ISU Associate Professor and Equine Extension Specialist Peggy Auwerda.
Cost for the program is $75 which includes an evening meal for those who attend the program in-person. The registration fee is used to offset direct expenses and to support ISU Extension and Outreach Ag and Natural Resources Programs in Clay County. Additional sponsorship for the program is being provided by the Iowa Horse Council, United State Department of Agriculture and Farm Credit Services of America.
March 11, 2021 6:00 pm
6:00 pm — 9:00 pm (3h)