Behind Every Great Man…

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson April 2, 2018 17:44

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You’ve heard that phrase-  Behind every great man is a great woman.  

This expression has been in use at least since the 1940s and suggests that no man becomes successful on his own.  Very often there’s a woman who has had a hand in his accomplishments, and Elinor Roosevelt was a prime example of this when she did public appearances and developed many of the popular positions held during her ailing husband’s (Franklin) presidency.

 

Women connected to farming today are changing their position – from behind to beside.  For many, their role is expanding to include the physical applications as well as the business and marketing decisions for their family operation.  But many women need assistance in getting the education they need to become more business savvy partners.   One such resource, called  Annie’s Project, is a non-profit organization that was established in 2003.  Their Level One curriculum is delivered in six sessions and gives instruction on problem-solving, record keeping, and decision-making skills from the five areas of risk as identified by the USDA.  Annie’s Project also has a second level that covers business, estate, retirement and succession planning.  These programs are local and conducted in small groups that offer women a safe harbor to learn in a stress free and open environment – something that they might not have in a mixed-gender setting.

 

Women have been working behind the scenes for decades as wives or daughters, but because farming is more about brains than brawn these days, their contributions are working their way to the forefront.  Business mindedness now plays a central role with increasing financial pressures and global market competition, and machinery has changed as new technologies emerge.  This shift is changing the face of farming .

 

So if you know someone you’d like to see beside you on the farm, encourage them to develop themselves through educational opportunities like the one described above.  Empowering those women and building their confidence in becoming better business partners can only lead to greater success.

 

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

 

Resources:

http://www.yourdictionary.com/behind-every-great-man-is-a-great-woman

https://www.agriculture.com/farm-management/finances-accounting/annie-s-project-can-help-your-family-tackle-farm-finances?utm_source=ag-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=todaysnews_031718&did=228905

https://theconversation.com/why-women-are-taking-centre-field-in-farming-73932

https://www.anniesproject.org

 

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson April 2, 2018 17:44
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