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Natural resource enterprises focus of March workshop

Landowners interested in earning additional revenue from their land can take part in a one-day workshop. The first workshop will be held at Lake Hall Farm in Lake Village, Ark., March 2. A second workshop will be held at Cypress Lodge Outfitters in Kilmichael, Miss., March 8.

Mississippi State University has partnered with the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, University of Arkansas, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to offer these workshops for private landowners interested in developing a natural resource enterprise.

Natural resource enterprises encompass a variety of activities including fee hunting and angling, trail riding, agritourism, wildlife watching, or bed and breakfasts.

These workshops will provide opportunities for landowners to speak with others who are currently managing an enterprise, as well as provide “how to” information and access to resource professionals. Workshop attendees will learn how to manage the resources on their land for an enterprise, how to market these resources, what cost-share programs are available, how to reduce liability, and about different types of enterprises The morning session will include the topics: revenue potential, legal and accident liability, developing and operating an enterprise, marketing, business management and financial considerations, and cost-share programs. The afternoon session will be conducted in the field and focus on wildlife habitat management.

Registration is limited to 75 people; a fee of $20 applies. For more information visit: www.wildlifeworkshop.msstate.edu or call (662) 325-3174.

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