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The Louisiana Agritourism Connection, January 2013


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.

Topics covered in this edition include information on workshops on recreational horseback riding and coastal ecotourism opportunities; events at the Ag Expo, and a list of webinars available through eXtension.


Landowners who are interested in outdoor recreation, those who own horses or those who would like to expand an existing outdoor enterprise should attend this half day workshop from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, January 18, 2013. The workshop will be hosted in the conference room at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe.

The workshop will provide current and prospective horse owners with information on supplemental income opportunities related to the equine industry. Equine professionals will discuss the following topics: revenue potential for equine businesses, general horse training, horse psychology, trail riding, selection and use of proper tack, managing liability and use of social media to begin or enhance the growth of your business.

Registration for the workshop is $10 before January 11, 2013, or $15 on the day of the workshop.

For a registration form and more details click here. Contact Dora Ann Hatch for questions.


This one-day workshop held at Stella Plantation in Braithwaite will provide current and prospective businesses with information on supplemental income opportunities from natural resource tourism. Targeted participants include coastal landowners, farmers, charter and guide fishermen, marina owners and swamp tour operators.

Topics will include: revenue potential for coastal ecotourism enterprises, business plan development and liability/legal concerns. Participants will be given an opportunity to select a “landowner” or “fishermen” section with special topics devoted to each. Fishermen topics include economic considerations for recreational fishing guides and charges; tourism opportunities for fishermen; and liability issues on the water. The landowner section will include a discussion of private land management programs and how to put your land to work for added income.

Following a lunch break, classroom activities will resume in the outdoors with a field tour of Stella Plantation and talks on coastal birding, native plants and crops for wildlife plantings.

The cost is $20 before March 6 or $25 on the day of the workshop. Click here for an agenda and registration information.

Contact either Dora Ann Hatch or Twyla Herrington with questions.

Ag Expo

The 2013 Ag Expo held each year in West Monroe at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center has released it’s two-day schedule. Click here for the details.

The Expo features lots of educational programs and exhibits. Ag Alley is a favorite for children and youth, and it introduces people to agriculture, with exhibits on soybeans, rice, cotton, sweet potatoes and beef cattle. Contact Jason Holmes for more details.

eXtension will be offering a series of winter webinars beginning January 10. All webinars are scheduled for the second Thursday of every month. The times are 2 p.m. (ET); 1 p.m. (CT); 12 p.m. (MT); 11 a.m. (PT). Connect to webinar at

No pre-registration is required, and there is no fee to participate. About 10 minutes prior to the start time simply go the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room at You will be presented with a login screen that has an "Enter as Guest" option. Enter your full name then click "Enter Room" to join the conference. You will be able to hear the audio directly from your computer’s speakers. The dates, times and topics are listed below.

January 10 – Getting Action from Website Landing Pages

Ever wonder why some online businesses seem to have all the luck? Well, it may not be luck after all! Their content marketing payoff may be because their "landing pages" encourage the customer to take "action." Your landing pages can mean the difference between profit and loss! Learn how to send your customers to the right page and create the appropriate call to action! Presenter – Jay Jenkins, UNL Extension Educator

February 14 – Top 10 Trends and Cool Tools in Social Media

Julie Fox joins us again this year for a popular session on what's new in social media. This fast-moving session goes beyond the latest statistics to demonstrate what's working and show you how to benefit from the latest social media trends and tools. Presenter – Julie Fox, Ohio State Extension

March 14 – Pinterest for Your Business

Just when you thought you’d gotten a handle on social media by getting on Facebook and maybe giving Twitter a try, along comes Pinterest. Pinterest is now the number three most-popular social network in the U.S., behind only Facebook and Twitter, according to Experian’s Digital Marketer Trend and Benchmark Report. This webinar will present an introduction to what Pinterest is and why you should use it for your business. Also discussed will be setting up a Pinterest account, how to interact and how to create pin boards. Presenter Tara Gross is a young entrepreneur and owner of Country Drawers in Cambridge, Neb., and Connie Hancock is an Extension Educator from UNL Extension.

For more information on any of the webinars, log onto the eXtension Facebook page:

To learn more about other eXtension educational programs –

eXtension Entrepreneurship –

To learn more about agritourism in Louisiana, contact Dora Ann Hatch, LSU AgCenter agritourism coordinator, at (318) 927-9654 Ext. 229 or email her.
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