Weatherford, Comanche and Glen Rose will be the sites for one-day "Increasing Profits and Managing Risks in Rural Ag Businesses" workshops this month.

Discussion topics will include agricultural diversification, rural entrepreneurship, online promotion and value-added activities, and new product addition, according to Dr. Ashley Lovell, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agricultural economist in Stephenville.

The dates of the workshops, which begin at 8 a.m., will be: Feb. 25 in Weatherford, Feb. 26 in Glen Rose and Feb. 27 in Comanche. The speakers will discuss planning, starting, running, and managing a small diversified agricultural business. Diversification alternatives also will be discussed. One-on-one technical assistance will be available to participants who are starting or expanding a business.

Breakout question-and-answer sessions will focus on topics including finance; marketing products, services and strategies; business planning, including financial projections and production management; insurance and risk management; and alternative income generators.

The workshops are sponsored by Tarleton State University and AgriLife Extension in partnership with the Ag Texas Farm Credit Services, Community and Capital Solutions, Texas Department of Agriculture and Tri-County Agribusiness Association.

Additional details are online at http://agecoext.tamu.edu/resources/workshops.html. Instructions for emailing, snail-mailing or faxing the registration form can be found on the site.

For more information, contact Lovell at lovell@tarleton.edu or 254-968-1984, or the local AgriLife Extension agent.