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Free workshop to instruct landowners in profit earning methods

Date Published: 05/09/2018 8:40AM

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Farmers, landowners and homeowners in Laurens County looking to learn about land management and estate planning can attend a free workshop on Wednesday, May 23.

From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Extension program will present “Managing Your Land for Profit.” The workshop will take place at First African Baptist Church located at 405 Telfair Street Dublin, Georgia. Residents in Laurens, Wheeler, Toombs, Treutlen and Jeff Davis counties are encouraged to attend. The deadline for registration is May 14. To register, call (478) 235-8453 or e-mail andrewst@fvsu.edu.

Topics for discussion during the workshop include forest health, timber management, estate planning and information about U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cost sharing programs.

Representatives from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), University of Georgia’s (UGA) Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and Georgia Heirs Property Law Center, Inc. will conduct sessions during the workshop.

Titus Andrews, FVSU’s Laurens County Extension agent, said the main focus of the workshop is to inform land owners about the importance of estate planning.

“What we’re trying to get families to do is prepare a will to prevent heir property from being unclaimed and unused. Banks won’t lend money on heir property and it’s difficult to get government assistance with such land,” Andrews said. He said that one of the goals of the workshop is for people to know who to contact for assistance in land and timber management.

Furthermore, Andrews said there are residents in the counties he serves who are absentee landowners needing assistance in property management. He said in quite a few instances land is plentiful with timber but is unused, presenting a financial burden to the owner due to taxes. “We want to show them how to earn incomes from land just sitting there.”

This workshop is sponsored by FVSU’s Cooperative Extension Program, along with the Southern Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education (SARE) program. UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service are also partners for this event.

For more information about the workshop or to register, contact Andrews at (478) 235-8453 or email andrewst@fvsu.edu.