Workshops will help Landowners Earn Income, Conserve Land

Landowners who want to diversify their acreage to preserve the family farm, earn extra income or conserve their land can attend a Purdue Extension Natural Resource Enterprises workshop on Sept. 5 or 6.

The Natural Resource Enterprises Program educates private landowners about sustainable natural resource businesses and compatible habitat management practices.

The Sept. 5 workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Indiana Farm Bureau Building, 225 S. East St., Indianapolis. It offers sessions on business plan development, liability and business structure, accounting, marketing and using social media. In the afternoon, attendees will participate in a group activity to develop and present a business plan. While it’s not required, people attending may want to bring a laptop computer for the group activity.

The Sept. 6 workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Blue River Valley Farm, 10351 E. Daugherty Lane, Milltown, Ind. Presentations will cover revenue potential, liability and legal considerations, and Internet marketing. Blue River Valley Farm, which is managed for agriculture, forestry and other conventional land uses, has successfully integrated fee-based recreational businesses and habitat management techniques. Attendees will tour examples of enterprise development and habitat management on the farm.

Registration for each workshop is $35 if completed by Aug. 30. Registration the day of the workshop is $45. Workshops include resource materials, lunch and refreshments.

For more information on workshop sessions, contact Brian MacGowan, Purdue Extension wildlife specialist, at To register, visit Natural Resource Enterprises Workshop Marion County for the Sept. 5 workshop and Natural Resource Enterprises Workshop Crawford County for the Sept. 6 workshop.

The Natural Resource Enterprises Program in Indiana is coordinated by the Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and Indiana Farm Bureau, in partnership with Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the program’s founder.

Source: Purdue Ag Communications

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