Class to teach farmers agritourism

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Landowners can diversify income from agritourism and outdoor recreational enterprises

Workshop to help landowners embark in agritourism

Landowners wanting to expand their businesses and earn extra income from their properties are encouraged to attend an Outdoor Business Workshop on April 29 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Fort Vannoy Farms in Grants Pass.

A one-day workshop for farmers, landowners, and resource managers will provide attendees with the resources to start and manage agritourism and outdoor recreational businesses, including bird watching, water sports, and much more. Workshop participants will hear presentations from landowners with successful agritourism ventures in Jackson County, along with experts discussing business management, business marketing, types of outdoor recreational enterprises, cost-share programs, land use planning, and liability and business considerations.

In the afternoon, participants will take a tour of Fort Vannoy Farms to learn about agritourism operations management, wildlife habitat management techniques, and outdoor recreational enterprises, such as canoeing and kayking.

The workshop is co-sponsored by Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon State University Extension Service Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the Natural Resource Enterprise Program at Mississippi State University.

Registration for the workshop is $20 for individuals and $25 for couples, which includes digital reference materials, lunch, refreshments, and presentations by natural resource professionals and partner personnel. Registration deadline is April 24, 2014. The late registration fee is $35 per individual (space permitting).

For more information about the workshop or to register visit or call (541) 776-7371.

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