Indiana Farm Bureau


August 30, 2012

For more information: Justin Schneider, 317-692-7835

Kathleen Dutro, 317-692-7824,

Workshops help landowners start natural resource-based businesses

Landowners interested in developing businesses that take advantage of the natural resources on their property have two workshop opportunities in September.

“The program is designed to give participants the chance to learn about starting their own value-added business or find out how to improve on existing ventures,” said Justin Schneider, Indiana Farm Bureau staff attorney.

The first workshop takes place Sept. 5 at Indiana Farm Bureau’s home office in Indianapolis. This workshop includes information on business plan development and legal considerations for outdoor enterprises.

The second is Sept. 6 at Blue River Valley Farm in Milltown (Crawford County). Content will include information on how to manage your land’s resources, how to reduce your liability and how to create a unique agritourism enterprise. It will also include tours of vacation rental property, a CRP tree planting site and the Blue River.

Registration for each workshop starts at 8:30 a.m., with the program ending at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 and at 2:30 on Sept. 6.

The Natural Resource Enterprises program was established to educate non-industrial private landowners about sustainable natural resource enterprises and compatible habitat management practices. In Indiana it is coordinated by Purdue University and Indiana Farm Bureau in partnership with Mississippi State. Other sponsors include the Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation and the Indiana Cooperative Development Center.

On-site registration is available for $45. To access sign-up forms for the workshops or more information on the Natural Resource Enterprises program, visit

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