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Illinois Ag Connection - 01/09/2018

Join the growing agricultural community who are creating adventures in their backyard by growing food, producing honey, and finding natural resource opportunities on their property or for land they are looking to purchase. By looking outside the box and finding your niche enterprise, you may be able to make a little or a lot of money.

Need ideas for putting your land to work for you? Or do you have an idea and need to know what to do next? Whether it is starting a backyard farm or keeping it simple by raising honey bees this workshop will help you evaluate your options as you begin planning your enterprise. If you live in the country, suburbs, or an urban area, and are interested in earning additional revenue from your land consider joining us at Cook Co. Farm Bureau in Countryside, Ill., on Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon.

This workshop will provide practical, common-sense information to explore starting an Ag enterprise including:

- Evaluating Your Resource: Land, soil, water, people

- Accessing the Help You Need: Training and educational opportunities

- Marketing Your Products: Finding a market

- Cook Co Do's and Don'ts for Ag: Rules/ Regs you need to know

- Business Planning Tools: planning and analyzing the finances of the farm

- Risk: Legal and Liability Considerations: Risks to think about, insurance to consider

- Moving Your Ag Enterprise from "Paper" to "Business": Finding land and money

- Realities from the Farm: producers share their experiences

Early registration is recommended due to space limitations and material preparation. A $20-member fee or $30 non-member fee will cover workshop materials and refreshments. For more information or to registration call Cook County Farm Bureau at 708-354-3276 or e-mail membershipdebbie@cookcfb.org

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