August 16, 2022
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ND agritourism workshop April 23

Agriculture providers wanting to add a new income stream to their operations are encouraged to attend the North Dakota Agritourism workshop on April 23. Agritourism is inviting guests to visit a working farm or ranch, and could include activities like a you-pick garden, farmstay, educational tour and hands-on farming or ranching activities.

The workshop will be held at the Bismarck Radisson Hotel, 605 E Broadway, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Session topics include:

  • Risk management by Brent Skiles of Gillingham and Associates Insurance, Denver, Colo.
  • “How tours can add additional revenue to your farm operation,” by Jeanne Hansen with Hansen’s Dairy of Hudson, Iowa
  • Ways to engage in social media for your agritourism operation by Katie Pinke of North Dakota Department of Agriculture
  • Best practices panel discussion with operators of a guest ranch, winery, you-pick garden and an agritourism activity destination
  • Information about North Dakota’s new limited liability legislation passed by the 2011 North Dakota Legislature.

The workshop is sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and North Dakota Tourism, and is a kick-off to the 2012 North Dakota Travel Industry Conference, “Building toward the Future.”

Dean Ihla, tourism development manager at the North Dakota Tourism Division, encourages anyone who wants to learn more about the potential for agritourism in North Dakota to attend.

“This workshop will be a great opportunity for anyone currently operating an agritourism business, or those who are considering it and want to learn about the benefits,” Ihla said.  “We also hope that everyone will also attend the Travel Industry Conference, which begins that evening and continues until 1:30 on April 25.”

For more information on the workshop, contact Dean Ihla at the Tourism Division at 701-328-3505 or dihla@nd.gov. Early registration is available until April 16 for $20.

Source: North Dakota Department of Commerce, Tourism Division

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