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Name: Dora Ann Hatch
Title: Agritourism Coordinator (Statewide)
Specialization: Agritourism / Community Rural Development
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Department: Hill Farm Research Station
Organization: LSU AgCenter
Address 1: 11959 Highway 9
Address 2: Homer, LA 71040
Phone Number: (318) 927-9654
Fax Number: (318) 927-4139

Education/Training

Dora Ann Hatch, statewide agritourism coordinator with the  Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, plans, implements and evaluates programs in agritourism and value-added agricultural products related to agritourism operations. She also serves as the NW Region Market Maker coordinator.

The LSU AgCenter's website: www.lsuagcenter.com/agritourism  and blog site: 
 http://www.louisianaagritourism.blogspot.com/ are resources compiled by Ms. Hatch.

She was appointed in 2008 by the LSU AgCenter Vice Chancellor Paul Coreil to work with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry on agritourism policy as it relates to the new agritourism liability law. In August of 2010 she was named the Extension Service's first agritourism coordinator.

Education:

1972, B.S., Home Economics Education, Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, La.

1974, M.S., Home Economics, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.

Training:

1998, Josephson Institute of Ethics, character education.

1998, Facilitator Training classes, beginning and advanced, LSU AgCenter.

2001, Comprehensive Public Training Program, “Management in State Government.”

2002, Josephson Institute of Ethics, workplace ethics.

2002, Value Added Entrepreneurship Conference in Nashville, TN, Dec. 2-5, 2002.

2004, Pew Partnership for Civic Change, LeadershipPlenty.

2006, Business Retention and Expansion International, retention and expansion programs.

2008, E-Commerce Training, University of Minnesota, training to teach E-Commerce classes.

2008 Graduate of the LSU AgCenter’s Internal Leadership Class.

Areas of Specialization/Research

Community economic development specialization completed in 2003. Specialization includes 15 graduate credit hours from Mississippi State University, University of Missouri, and LSU in Baton Rouge.

Professional Experience

1974-75 St. Gerard Majella, elementary teacher, Baton Rouge, LA.

1975-77 Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, home economics/4-H Agent, Jackson Parish, LA.

1979-1991 Office Manager, Hatch & Smith, Attorneys at Law, Homer, LA.

1990-1991 Elected official, Claiborne Parish School Board, Homer, LA.

1991-2001 LSU AgCenter, 4-H, Adult Family and Consumer Sciences Programming, Parish Chair.

2001-present LSU AgCenter, community rural development area agent and appointed extension agritourism coordinator, July 8, 
         2008.

Awards/Grants

1995 Louisiana County Agents Association 4-H Team Award for exceptional teamwork in developing outstanding 4-H club program.

1996 Louisiana Association of Extension Home Economists Young Agents Award, outstanding young agent in home economics programming.

1996 4-H 500 Club, recognition of contribution to 4-H club programming in Louisiana.

1997 USDA Honor Award for Equal Opportunity (Team of 2), Louisiana nomination for work in character education.

1998 Florence Hall Award, Louisiana Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, for work in character education.

1998 Florence Hall Award, National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, for work in character education.

1998 Mary W. Wells Memorial Award, Louisiana Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences for outstanding work in character education.

1998 Mary W. Wells Memorial Award, for Southern Region, National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences for outstanding work in character education.

1998 Betty Jane Fairchild Award, Louisiana Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, in recognition of outstanding programming in family and consumer sciences.

1999 USDA Secretary’s Award for Environmental Protection (Group Leader and Group Nomination for 3-25) for water quality education.

1999 Louisiana Association of Extension 4-H Agents, Excellence in Teamwork Award.

1999 Louisiana Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Communication Award, for outstanding news article in Louisiana.

2000 Louisiana Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Environmental Education Award, for water quality programming.

2010 National Association of Community Development Professionals, National Excellence of Community Development Team Award, for facilitating a FEMA project with three other states.

Publications/Presentations/Patents

Publications:

Hatch, Dora Ann (2008). Agritourism - a new agricultural business enterprise. LCES publication AC-5.

Hatch, Dora Ann (2009). Agritourism Best Management Practices and Plan of Operation. LCES publication AC-6.

Barnes, James; Hatch, Dora Ann; Dixon, Glenn (2008). Evaluating Board Members. Journal of Extension, October 2008 /Volume 46 / Number 5.

Barnes, James; Meche, Judy; Hatch, Dora Ann; Dixon, Glenn (2009). Strengthening Agricultural Entrepreneurship: A Grant Writing Tool for Agricultural Producer. Journal of Extension, February 2009 / Volume 47 / Number 1.

Barnes, James; Hatch, Dora Ann; Dixon, Glenn (2008). Broadband Access to the Internet and Economic Development in Northeast Louisiana. Louisiana Agriculture, Vol. 51, summer 2008.

Conference Proceedings:

Southern Fruit Fellowship Conference, Calhoun, LA, June 21, 2002, “Marketing Strategies for Fruit Growers,” audience included farmers from North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.

Southern Community Development Educator’s Conference in Tampa, FL, May 19-21, 2004, presentation, “Agri-Tourism: Selling the Farm Experience,”

Louisiana Mayhaw Association in Pollock, LA, May, 2004, “Marketing Strategies That Work.”

National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 15-18, 2005, presentation presented, “Building an Ethical Workforce in Today’s World.”

National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals Conference in San Antonio, TX, February 12-17, 2006, presentation, “R & R in the Workplace.”

National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals Conference in San Antonio, TX, February 12-17, 2006, presentation, “Board Training,” co-presenter James Barnes.

Louisiana Tourism Summit in Lafayette, LA, January 11, 2007, presentation,

“Agri-Tourism and Developing a Farmers’ Market.”

LSU AgCenter Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, December, 2007, “Building Partnerships That Work,” co-presenter Dr. James Barnes.   

Galaxy III Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, September 15-19, 2008, presentation, "Building Partnerships That Work."

Louisiana Mayhaw Association in Woodworth, LA, March, 2008 “Marketing Your Mayhaws.”

Miss Lou Tourism Summit, Natchez, Mississippi, August 13, 2008, “Limited Liability Legislation in Louisiana.”

Miss Lou Tourism Summit Tourism Summit, Marksville, Louisiana, August 12, 2009, member of panel discussion on limited liability laws.

Southern Christmas Tree Association, DeRidder, Louisiana, September 26, 2009, “What Motivates People to Purchase Christmas Trees?” and “Limited Liability Agritourism Law in Louisiana-What’s in it for you?”

Professional Organizations:

Epsilon Sigma Phi

Delta Kappa Gamma

National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals

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