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      MU Extension offers farm classes for women

      BOLIVAR, Mo. (AP) -- The University of Missouri Extension is offering a series of courses aimed at helping women in agriculture.

      The series of seven classes begins Feb. 12 at Citizens Memorial Hospital in the southwestern Missouri town of Bolivar.

      The courses are part of Annie's Project, a program that started in Illinois in 2003 and has since spread to other states. The program is named for an Illinois woman who ran a farm and raised six children in the 1950s.

      Topics include farm record-keeping and taxes, business plans, how property is titled, pasture rental contracts and estate planning.

      A grant through the North Central Risk Management Center helps fund the program. The class will be limited to the first 20 women who register.