Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
Farm stays are a great way to put dollars into your pocket. People would love to follow a farmer or rancher around and participate in "real" chores throughout the day.
This has the potential to be a "win, win" situation. You have FREE labor helping with the chores.
Most farm stays provide lodging for the guest. If you have a barn or stable for horses, convert an area into a bedroom and bath. Remember they are looking for that "experience."
Agri-tourists are not your traditional tourist. They want to get dirty and have a story to tell when they return to friends and family.
Posted by Dora Ann Hatch at 11:04 AM
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Dues: $25.00 per year.
Benefits: Paid members receive a copy of the Vegetable Crop Guidelines of the Southeastern U.S. 2014. This 200+ page glossy publication includes all the latest information on production as well as insect, disease, and weed control compiled by a cooperative effort of extension vegetable specialists across the Southeastern states. Members are also invited to 2 meetings/ field days each year held at Burden Center (and/or a producer’s farm).
Next field day: Wednesday May 21, 2014. This field day will be held at Burden Center located at 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Information will be mailed closer to the date to paid members.
For more information contact:
Posted by Dora Ann Hatch at 4:00 AM
Monday, January 13, 2014
When we think of tours, we often think of showing people what we have and allowing them to experience by watching. Today's travelers no longer want to watch, they want to do.
Those who like to experience by doing can be very helpful. Why not let a group plant a row of a garden vegetable. Then suggest that they return in four weeks to see the sprouts. That's help with planting and repeat customers, a winning combination.
Posted by Dora Ann Hatch at 12:14 PM
Friday, January 10, 2014
Coastal Eco/Agri-tourism Workshop
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
LSU AgCenter Office
7101 Gulf Highway
Lake Charles, LA
What will I learn? This one day workshop will provide landowners and current or prospective businesses with information on supplemental income opportunities from ecotourism/agritourism ventures.
Who should attend? Targeted participants include landowners; farmers; charter and guide fishermen and hunters; marina owners; and swamp tour operators.
8:30 Welcome and announcements
Kevin Savoie, Louisiana Sea Grant
8:45 Revenue Potential from Natural Resource Enterprises
Dr. Daryl Jones, Mississippi State University Natural Resource Enterprises Program
9:00 Yellow Rails and Rice Festival Success Story
Kevin Berken, KMB Farms and Chairman of the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board
Donna Dittman, LSU Museum of Natural Science and Avian Events Support Team
Steven W. Cardiff, LSU Museum of Natural Science and Avian Events Support Team
9:30 Economics of Coastal Waters
Jack Issacs, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
10:20 Liability Issues
Sea Grant Legal
11:00 Tourism Opportunities
Twyla Herrington, Louisiana Sea Grant
Dora Ann Hatch, Agritourism Coordinator, LSU AgCenter
11:30 Eco tour Success Story
Capt’N Sammie Faulk
12:30 Load vans for field trip to Miller’s Lake Boat House
Afternoon speakers :
Creole Nature Trail
Cajun Ben‘s and Airboats and Alligators
Dave Patton, Coordinator of Peveto Woods Migratory Bird Sanctuary
C.C. Richmond, Louisiana Environmental Research Center, McNeese State University
3:30 Return to LSU AgCenter Office
The cost of the workshop is $25 per person or $30 per couple. Send your check made payable to the "LSU AgCenter" on or before February 5th. Provide your name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail. Mail to: Twyla Herrington, Louisiana Sea Grant/LSU AgCenter, 479 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., suite 201, Belle Chasse, LA 70037.
Got Questions? E-mail or call any of us:
Dora Ann Hatch, agritourism coordinator (318) 927-9654 x 229 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Twyla Herrington, Sea Grant, (504) 858-9826 or email@example.com
Kevin Savoie, Sea Grant, (337) 660-8519 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Dora Ann Hatch at 12:11 PM
Monday, January 6, 2014
Mark your calendars to attend some great webinars offered by eXtension. All webinars begin at 1:00 p.m. central time and you can connect through this portal:
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Webinars are recorded for your convenience and are archived at https://learn.extension.org/events/recent
January 9 - Crafting A Consistent Marketing Message!
Glenn Muske, NDSU Small Business Specialist and Connie Hancock, UNL Extension Educator
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Getting the attention of customers is harder today than ever before. Learning how to craft a marketing message that draws customers to your website where the information you provide benefits them personally. Crafting the message involves understanding landing pages, call to action, and relating that to your marketing goals. Glenn Muske and Connie Hancock will provide tips on how to Craft that Marketing Message.
February 13 - Blogging For Food
Presented by Jennifer Lewis, The Soup to Nuts Resource for Artisan Food Entrepreneurs
Starting your own business is not an easy task especially if you are involved with the food industry – after much research it was evident there were few resources where ‘foodies’ could ask questions and get helpful information. Jennifer Lewis will share her experience with creating a blog to provide resourceful knowledge to the artisan food community. Learn how a blog could be useful for your business to engage with customers.
Time: 1:00 p.m.
March 13 – Incorporating Video into the Marketing Strategy
Presented by Jeremy Doan, Rolling Plains Adventures
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Video today is as important today as content marketing. Learn how Jeremy Doan, Rolling Plains Adventures uses video to explain what their business is about, how they can share customer experiences, and what it takes to create short video segments to benefit your business.
Posted by Dora Ann Hatch at 9:05 AM