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LANDOWNER WORKSHOP EXPLORES INCOME OPTIONS

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A one-day workshop for farmers, landowners and resource managers will provide the tools to start and manage a natural resource enterprise.

The Sept. 18 event will begin at 8 a.m. It will be held on privately owned property south of Brandon, just off of Highway 18 in Rankin County.

Workshop participants will hear presentations in the morning about business management, marketing, types of enterprises, cost-share programs and liability issues. In the afternoon, participants will be taken into the field to learn techniques for managing wildlife habitats and timber. They also will learn about fee fishing and outdoor recreation enterprises.

Fee fishing, fee hunting, agritourism, trail riding and wildlife watching are examples of enterprises based on the natural resources commonly found on private lands in Mississippi.

This workshop is part of a series 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, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

MSU's Extension Service, MAFES and the FWRC cooperatively created and implemented the Natural Resource Enterprises Program 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 visit http://www.wildlifeworkshop.msstate.edu or call (662) 325-3133.

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