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March workshop teaches new farmers how to make a profit

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –- Purdue Extension is offering a six-week series, starting in March, to teach beginning farmers about financial management, marketing and legal issues.

Living on the Land is the second part of the small-acreage series and focuses on entrepreneurial farming rather than lifestyle or hobby farming, said Steve Engleking, Purdue Extension educator and Indiana Small Farm coordinator.

“The first part of the program was geared toward how to do the basics,” Engleking said. “Now we want to teach how to generate income from the property.”

Classes will meet from 6:30-9 p.m. (EST) Thursdays, beginning March 3. The workshops will explore business structures, liability risks and regulatory issues. The last week of the series includes a tour of a small farm.

Purdue Extension specialists and educators, farming industry experts and agency professionals will present through interactive webinar. Engleking encourages learning from the other participants.

“We want to emphasize the importance of getting together and networking with others,” Engleking said. “Part of the value comes from face-to-face interaction and learning in a collaborative environment.”

Host counties for the series are Delaware, DeKalb, Floyd, Hamilton, Kosciusko and Wabash, along with Pinney-Purdue Ag Center in Porter County.

Registration fee is $150 per person or $200 for two individuals from the same farm. Registration is open to everyone and is not limited to part one participants.

For more information or to register, contact Engleking at 260-499-6334 or sengleking@purdue.edu, or call your local Purdue Extension office at 888-EXT-INFO (398-4636).

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