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Workshop helps landowners explore enterprise options

Corn mazes, hunting leases and bird watching enterprises are some of the topics to be covered in an Oct. 10 workshop focusing on natural resource enterprises.

Mississippi landowners interested in earning additional revenue from their land can take part in this workshop held at Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond, Miss. Natural resource enterprises include a variety of activities such as fee hunting and fishing, trail riding, agritourism, heritage tourism, wildlife watching, and the operation of bed and breakfasts.

Workshop participants will hear advice from enterprise owners as well as learn from resource professionals.

Topics to be covered include revenue potential from natural resource enterprises, liability and legal considerations, enterprise development, marketing, business considerations and cost-share programs. The afternoon session will take place in the field and focus on wildlife habitat management and conservation.

Mississippi State University’s Extension Service created the Natural Resource Enterprises program to assist private landowners in developing alternative or supplemental means of income on their land. The program is a partnership with MSU’s Extension Service, MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

To offer this workshop, MSU is partnering with the city of Raymond, Hinds Community College, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Early registration is recommended due to space limitations. A fee of $25 will cover refreshments, lunch and workshop materials. For more information or to get a registration form, visit the workshop Web site at http://www.wildlifeworkshop.msstate.edu or call (601) 857-2284.

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