Landowners Can Learn To Make Money

Landowners Can Learn To Make Money
Journal Review 8/15/2009
by Jay Heater

So you live in rural Montgomery County and you have a nice lot of land. Is it time to use that land to earn a little extra income?

Those considering a business based on natural resources might attend a Landowner Workshop on Sept. 2 at the Ward Wilkins Farm, Inc., in Linden. The workshop is part of the Natural Resource Enterprises Program, which hopes to assist private landowners in developing alternative or supplemental methods of income on their land.

Registration for the workshop is $25, which includes a reference notebook, lunch, breaks, presentations by resource professionals, and a field tour with agency personnel. Early registration is recommended due to space limitations. For more information about the workshop or to register, call the Purdue University Extension office at (765) 364-6363.

According to a release, the one day workshop will offer information on how to start and manage a natural resource-based enterprise. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., workshop participants will hear presentations about business management, marketing, types of outdoor recreational enterprises, landowner cost-share programs, and liability issues.
In the afternoon, participants will be taken into the field to learn about wildlife habitat management and outdoor recreational enterprises.

This workshop is part of a series developed by the Natural Resource Enterprises Program at Mississippi State University. This program is a partnership with MSU’s
Extension Service, MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center, Purdue University, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation, the Nature Conservancy in Indiana, Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Sycamore Trails RC&D.

“If you are looking for an enterprise that is natural resource-based, this will help,” said Ed Sheldon, extension educator of agriculture and natural resources. “This will give a broad overview. It will give you information you need to start a business.

“It also will give those who attend tools they can take with them ... a binder full of materials. You will learn a good base of information to learn from.”

The deadline to register for the program is Aug. 28, however those who want to sign up the day of the event can do so for $35.