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Female farmers gaining support in Dunn County workshops

Menomonie (WQOW) – Female farmers have a new avenue to get support, education and networking thanks to a new program in Dunn County.

The national series “Annie’s Project” has made its way to Menomonie for a six-week course.

It focuses on ways to strengthen a woman’s role on a ranch or farm as well as areas that organizers say women experience differently than men, such as legal, financial and production concerns.

“Women tend to see things a little bit differently, tend to be a bit more focused on family and relationships within their farm than maybe, you know, the male counterparts that are looking at more of the production risks – how do I grow my crops and raise my cattle? So we’re trying to look at these things,” said Katie Wantoch, the agriculture agent for Extension Dunn County.

Women attending the series say it provides advice and resources to grow their farm in the future.

“Like how to stay afloat,” said Jada Ellefson. “You know like we’re doing a good job right now, but how can we be better at it to be more financially stable in this industry.”

Five more sessions will be held. They will take place every Tuesday for the next five weeks.

McKenna Alexander

McKenna Alexander is the weekend anchor and a multimedia journalist for News 18. She started in June 2019. She was born in San Francisco, but spent the majority of her life growing up in Dallas.

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