Conference focuses on agritourism

Jan 23, 2009
by WLJ
Conference focuses on agritourism

From spending a week working cattle on a ranch to getting lost in a corn maze, agritourism activities are popping up across the state.

To help farmers and ranchers learn more about agritourism, a workshop is scheduled for Jan. 30, 2009, in Byers, CO. “Agritourism is a growing segment of the agriculture industry in Colorado and across the nation,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA). “This workshop is an opportunity for producers to learn about agritourism and see if it is a viable concept for their operation.”

According to a survey conducted in 2006 by Colorado State University (CSU), 13.2 million visitors experienced agritourism in Colorado, with a total economic impact of $2.2 billion.

The full-day workshop is at May Farms in Byers. The registration fee is $30 per person, or $45 per couple, and includes lunch and a resource notebook. The registration deadline is Jan. 23. The workshop features sessions on liability and risk management, marketing planning, community and regulatory issues, and a panel discussion with agritourism business owners.

The workshop is sponsored by CDA and CSU. For more information or to register, contact Wendy White at 303/239-4119 or Wendy. Visit www.coloradoagritourism. com to view the workshop agenda. —WLJ