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Etiennes hosting sustainable-ag seminar Oct. 18

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By Vince Luecke

Public invited to learn more about value-added products

SAINT CROIX - Perry County will host the next stop later this month on a statewide tour of sustainable agriculture enterprises.

The Indiana Farm Sustainability Tour will be in Perry County Oct. 18 at Phil Etienne's Timber Harvest and Bear Hollow as part of a project known as Exploring Innovative Farm Systems for Profitable and Sustainable Indiana Agriculture.

Behind the big name is a straightforward effort at finding ways to better use and profit from renewable resources, such as trees, with an emphasis on transforming crops, timber and foods from mere commodities to useful products.

"Participants will leave with an understanding of the timber industry, including alternatives for value-added products," said Margie Zoglmann, Perry County's extension educator for agriculture.

She will give the welcome Oct. 18 at Etienne's Timber, opened in 1973 by Phil and Joann Etienne as a logging business. The family enterprise expanded in 1983 with a sawmill.

The tour also will visit Bear Hollow, another entity operated by Etienne's Timber, that sells value-added wood-product products, including colored mulch, chain-saw woodcarvings and furniture.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Etienne's Timber, with the program starting at 10.

The schedule calls for tours of the mill, lunch at Bear Hollow and a panel discussion of resources available for woodland owners. The program will conclude at 2 p.m.

For registration information, call Zoglmann at 547-7084, e-mail her at mzoglmann@purdue.edu or visit www.conf.purdue.edu/farmtours.

The tour costs $15 per person, which includes lunch, refreshments and materials. Registrations are due by Monday.

Indiana Farm Sustainability Tours are sponsored by the Purdue Small Farms Team, Purdue New Ventures Team, Indiana State Department of Agriculture and North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.