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Tilling the Soil of Opportunity classes to begin November 19

Sunday, November 18, 2001

Farmers, small business owners and agricultural entrepreneurs will have a unique opportunity to fine tune their business enterprises this winter through a training program entitled "Tilling the Soil of Opportunity...".

This class, a part of the NxLevel Training Network, is focused on helping producers analyze their agricultural enterprises through a ten-session classroom setting.

This setting, which will allow participants to examine the critical components of developing a foundation to support and strengthen local business and economic development efforts, has provided training in management and business and efforts since 1995, with currently over 30,000 alumni in 33 states.

"Tilling the Soil of Opportunity...," the NxLevel Guide for Agricultural Entrepreneurs, is aimed at those individuals who have started or are thinking about starting an agricultural-based venture that is not tied to large-scale, commodity-type production.

The materials are specifically designed for the individual who is searching for innovative ideas and enhanced marketing opportunities in the area of agriculture. Through the course, participants will evaluate their business ideas and complete business plans ready for a lender's review.

Classes will start at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, in the AEA meeting room in Storm Lake, and will continue each Monday until Dec. 17.

The second half of the course will begin on Jan. 7, with graduation scheduled for Feb. 4. Any agricultural producer or small business owner tied to agriculture is encouraged to consider this exciting new program.

Inquiries can be directed to Jim Venner at 712-673-4491, Marsha Laux, ISU Extension and State NxLevel Coordinator at 641-472-3436 or Tom Olsen, ISU Extension Field Coordinator at 712-732-5056.