WEST LAFAYETTE -- Rural landowners can better understand how to run a successful business enterprise by attending one of two workshops sponsored by Purdue Extension and other organizations with expertise in natural resources.
One workshop will take place Sept. 7, at Snider's Maple Syrup in New Paris, Elkhart County. The other will be Sept. 8, at Piney Acres Farm in Hancock County's Fortville.
Participants will learn how to manage their land's resources, market their enterprise and reduce their liability. There also will be information on insurance and zoning considerations and on different types of agritourism and other enterprises.
Morning presentations will focus on revenue potential from a natural resources enterprise, examples of such operations, business feasibility and planning and liability and legal consequences.
In the afternoon, participants will go to farms that have agritourism operations.
The field trip in Elkhart County will involve maple syrup production, woodland management and wildlife habitat management.
The Hancock County field trip will highlight Christmas tree production; corn mazes, hayrides and other attractions; food handling and sales; and outdoor recreation.
Resource materials, lunch and refreshments will be provided at both workshops.
The deadline for early registration of $35 per person for each day's program is Aug. 31, with onsite registration of $45. Programs start at 8:30 a.m., and conclude at 2:30 p.m.
More information is available online at http://www.ag.purdue.edu/fnr/pages/nre.a..., or by contacting the Elkhart County Extension Office at 574-533-0554, or the Hancock County Extension Office at 317-462-1113.