The workshop will focus on agritourism enterprise development of wildlife and water systems on farmlands. Guest speakers on the first day will talk about revenue potential, outdoor recreational opportunities on farmlands, legal concerns, wetland management for waterfowl, moist soil management, crawfish, fishing and bird-watching.
On the second day, Tom Potter, executive director of the North Carolina Paddle Trails, will provide information on the economic and social impacts of paddling. A panel of speakers will talk about how they became outfitters and river guides. Representatives from state parks, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and the National Wildlife Refuge Parks will talk about state and national opportunities for nature-based tourism in their respective areas. Later in the day panelists will focus on projects around the state focusing on paddling and nature and agricultural tourism.Register by mail or online for the joint workshop hosted by the LSU AgCenter and Mississippi State University’s Natural Resource Enterprises Program. The workshop will be held at the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe.
The registration fee is $75 for two days, $50 for one day and an optional $25 for a canoe trip with nationally known river guide John Ruskey in a ten-man canoe.
Jane Eckert's latest article, "Smart Farms are Thinking Smart Phones," is a great read. Jane explains the new "QR" or quick response coding. She also provides links to farmers who are already using the new phone technology to market their businesses.
To use this technology, individuals must have a reader application installed on their smart phone. To use, point your phone at the QR code and receive immediate information. It's FREE and right at your fingertips. Learn more by clicking here.
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