Agritourism Certification Steps

Dora Ann Hatch  |  9/17/2013 1:25:03 AM

Visit the LSU AgCenter's Agritourism Homepage

Visit to the LSU AgCenter’s agritourism website, or contact Dora Ann Hatch, LSU AgCenter agritourism coordinator, at 11959 Hwy. 9, Homer, LA 71040, or email her or call her at 318-927-9654 ext. 229 for assistance.

Agritourism Limited Law Fact Sheet

Under “sub-topics” in the right-hand corner; select “rules and regulations;” click on the “Agritourism Limited Law Fact Sheet.” Read the fact sheet.

Agricultural Operation Status

To become certified, check to see if you qualify. As outlined in “Agritourism Limited Law Fact Sheet,” an operation must be considered an “agricultural operation.” An agricultural operation is defined in the Agritourism Limited Law Fact Sheet in Part XLV, Chapter 1.

Approved Agritourism Activity

Next, determine whether or not your agritourism venture is an “approved activity” under the law. Paragraph 103 of the law lists approved agritourism activities. If you do not see your activity listed, you may petition the Commissioner of of Agriculture and Forestry to include your activity in the law.

Agritourism Best Management Practices

Return to the LSU AgCenter’s agritourism website and click on the “Agritourism Best Management Practices and Plan of Operation” brochure. This brochure contains information you will need to consider in preparing to complete your plan of operation.

The Plan of Operation

The Plan of Operation, the planning document that must be submitted for certification, can be found on the agritourism home page.

There are several versions to select from. If you want to handwrite your application or type on a typewriter, choose the form “Agritourism Plan of Operation.”

If you prefer to complete the plan using your computer, select “Agritourism Plan of Operation in Editable Form” for the complete document. To open a copy of the plan, you must “right click and save” to your computer. If you have more than one activity in your operation, also select “Agritourism Copy of Page 4-Editable Form.” Again, to open a copy of the plan, you must “right click and save” to your computer. This form can be used as many times as needed.

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