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Value-Added Investments Highlight Heartland Agdeavor Meeting

November 14, 2006

WALDO, Ohio -- With value-added investments becoming an integral part of small ag businesses, it takes the right mix of economic, legal and financial advice to ensure their success.

Heartland Agdeavor Association, a non-profit corporation that assists farmers in value-added investments and opportunities, has invited legal experts well grounded in value-added activities to address participants at their annual meeting. The meeting will be held Dec. 5 at All Occasions Catering in Waldo, Ohio. The event begins at noon with lunch followed by the meeting at 1 p.m. Registration is $15 per person.

Heartland Agdeavor Association is a joint effort of Ohio State University's Farm Income Enhancement Program and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

The topic will be "The Landscape of Farmer Investment in Value-Added Agriculture," and will be presented by Mark Hanson and Joe Thompson, attorneys of Linquist and Vennum of Minneapolis, MN.

"Hanson and Thompson have first-hand knowledge and experience in valued-added investments," said Tom Sporleder, an Ohio State University agricultural economist with the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. ". Mark Hanson focuses on developing and restructuring businesses. Through Hanson, Heartland has developed next generation cooperative businesses and limited liability company structures to address capital, liquidity and outside ownership issues. Joe Thompson's area is renewable energy with an array of expertise including business entity structuring and debt and equity capitalization."

For more information or to register contact Heartland Agdeavor executive director Larry Thompson at or call (614) 818-4466. For more information on the Heartland Agdeavor Association, log on to

Candace Pollock
Tom Sporleder