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Agritourism, a business venture on a working farm, ranch or agricultural enterprise, is growing in popularity throughout the United States. Agritourism blends entertainment, education, and tourism together to provide a fun, exciting, and memorable get-away for school trips and family outings. This Website provides educational resources to assist new and existing entrepreneurs in developing, expanding, and improving their agritourism ventures.

The LSU AgCenter is proud to partner with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry in a Louisiana agritourism initiative to provide economic development and cultural opportunities for our farms, ranches, forests and working lands.

If you have questions about agritourism, please contact Dora Ann Hatch, Extension Agritourism Coordinator, at 318-927-9654 Extension 229.


Agritourism Best Management Practices and Plan of Operation
BMP and Plan of Operation

Best management practices are suggested practices that an agritourism professional can use to minimize risks in an agirtourism enterprise.These best management practices can be used in the plan of operation under “suggestions to minimize risks.”

Plan of Operation
Plan of Operation

An agritourism plan of operation is a planning document that assists agritourism professionals in complying with La R.S. 9:2795.5 to reduce agritourism liability.

Agritourism Blog
Please visit the Agritourism blog for more information about agritourism in Louisiana.

The Agritourism Connection, June 2014
A quarterly e-newsletter providing information on how to start, grow or sustain your agritourism venture. Topics covered in this newsletter include: Thornwell’s designation as the Yellow Rail Capital of the World, online registration for farmers markets, Louisiana Direct, international tourists, Annie’s Project, school field trips, pizza gardens and making the connection between classroom and farm.

The Agritourism Connection April 2014
Quarterly e-newsletter providing information on how to start, grow or sustain your agritourism venture. Topics covered in this newsletter include: recognition of Thornwell by Louisiana House of Representatives as the Yellow Rail Capital of the World and Home of the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival; registering farmers markets online, Louisiana Direct Seafood, international tourists, Women in Agriculture Farm Tour and Annie’s Project.
Agritourism -- a new agricultural business enterprise
agritourism
Agriculture and tourism together present unique opportunities for farmers to diversify and expand their operations. This brochure describes the steps in developing an agritourism business venture. (PDF format only)
Coastal Eco/Agritourism Workshop
This one-day workshop will provide landowners and current or prospective businesses with information on supplemental income opportunities from ecotourism/agritourism ventures. Targeted participants include coastal landowners; farmers; charter and guide fishermen and hunters; marina owners; and swamp tour operators.
The Louisiana Agritourism Connection January 2014
A quarterly e-newsletter providing information on how to start, grow or sustain your agritourism venture. Topics covered in this newsletter include announcement of a coastal eco/agritourism workshop, information on Ag Expo, a list of webinars available through eXtension, information on the Trees & Trails program and gardening resources and tips.
Agritourism Certification Steps
agritourism certification steps
This short document will show you how quick and easy it is to apply for protection under the La R.S. 9:2795.5 limited liability agritourism law passed in 2008.
Twelve Things to Consider When Starting an Agritourism Business
Agritourism Fact Sheet. 12 Things to Consider When Starting an Agritourism Business.
This fact sheet provides a step-by-step approach to starting your agritourism business.
Outdoor Business Workshop for Landowners in Delhi, October 2, 2013
PDF version of the Outdoor Business Workshop for Landowners brochure.
This one-day workshop will provide landowners with information on supplemental income opportunities using natural resources on their land.
The Louisiana Agritourism Connection September 2013
A quarterly e-newsletter providing information on how to start, grow or sustain your agritourism venture. Topics covered in this edition include marketing agritourism online, farm-to-table events, arts and eats in Michigan, Fermata founder insights into tourism and workshops scheduled for October.
The Louisiana Agritourism Connection June 2013
A quarterly e-newsletter providing information on how to start, grow or sustain your agritourism venture. Topics covered in this edition include: Garden Fest in Baton Rouge, Outdoor Business Workshop for Landowners in Zwolle, free advertising idea, Farm-to-Fork Agritourism in California, day camp ideas and things to do before fall.
Outdoor Business Workshop for Landowners
brochure
This one-day workshop will provide landowners with information on supplemental income opportunities using natural resources on their land. Topics will include cost-share assistance programs; fee-based hunting and fishing; nature and riding trails; wildlife and birding; liability and legal considerations; and testimonials from landowners who are engaged in outdoor recreation. Participants can include landowners and others who would like to develop an outdoor business.