Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Some of my favorite memories at Christmastime include searching for the perfect Christmas tree. Few people have a family farm to look for trees on today, but there are numerous Christmas tree farms located throughout our state that no only have trees but lots of fun activities for children to enjoy as they search for a tree.
For a listing of tree farms near you I suggest you log onto:
Pick Your Own Christmas Tree
MarketMaker (look under agritourism category) for a listing of Christmas Tree Farms.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
There are numerous online helps found on our agritourism website: www.lsuagcenter.com/agritourism
You should begin by reading all of our publications and then following the guidelines enumerated in "Agritourism Certification Steps."
I can be reached by calling: (318) 927-9654 x229; or by e-mailing at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, December 2, 2013
Agritourism operators who use animals as part of their agritourism venture are be subject to the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act regulations.
If your agritourism venture charges people to see animals, pet them or feed them you need a license as an exhibitor. If you do not have a license from USDA and are engaging in this practice, you could be subject to a $10,000 fine.
To safeguard your operation, you should call Dr. Lynn Bourgeios, veterinary medical officer with USDA animal care. Dr. Bourgeois can be reached by calling his office at (985) 537-0691 or by calling his cell at (240) 461-9182. He travels the state, so please leave a message. In the event that none of these numbers work call Mike Long at (970) 494-7471 to learn how to become certified. If no answer, call the main number (970) 494-7478 and ask to speak with someone concerning USDA certification under the Animal Welfare Act.
The process requires completion of an application and an inspection. During the inspection, officials will check on husbandry issues, veterinary care program, where animals live and review how animal food is stored.
So, if you have a petting zoo, race pigs, have a goat walk, ride horses, etc. you need to contact USDA and see if you need to become certified.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The Corley Family, Jerry and Patsy, operate a small miniature farm animal operation in Trout. You can come visit their farm or their farm will come to you.
Their website: www.corleysminiatureacres.com or e-mail: email@example.com, or call: 318-992-8101
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
While there, I met Jo Lynn Mitchell and her husband, Don, who along with their three children own and operate Mitchell Farms in Collins, MS.
This farm has lots to offer both children and adults. They have farm tours in the fall and spring. They also sell farm produce and grow peanuts on the farm.
They offer lots of fun to families, check out their website.
Monday, November 18, 2013
If you are considering starting an agritourism operation, log onto our website: www.lsuagcenter.com/agritourism to learn how to begin.
Monday, November 4, 2013
Offering kayak classes is another option.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The Grand Opening is from 3:30-6:30 pm on November 1st.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Working side by side farmers and consumers build a better relationship of understanding and trust. have varied backgrounds, but most are interested in working with farmers and experiencing farm life. What a great idea!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
$8.00 Per Adult
Children 12 and Under Free
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
This year's festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th, beginning at 9 am and ending at 10pm in downtown Tallulah. Visit their Facebook page to learn more.
Monday, September 30, 2013
The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety is DISCOURAGING the use of "corn boxes and "corn cribs," in agritourism operations. Some of the reasons include: choking, snuffing up a child's nose which leads to swelling. Some children are even allergic to corn.
There have also been several instances when children who have played in corn bins have suffocated when the corn collapsed on them. Although most of our operations do not use that depth of corn, children oftentimes, can't distinguish the depth. So, it's better to avoid the situation altogether.
As agritourism operators our goal in Louisiana is to keep it safe. For more information on these issues contact Marsha Salzwedel at the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Those who attend can expect to visit rice fields, explore nearby birding areas, join trips to local points of interest, or venture even farther along the Cameron Parish coast.
For more details click on their website.
This is one of Louisiana's best agritourism festivals celebrating rice, birds and nature.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Registration and Coffee
Welcome and Introductions
Food Safety Modernization Act
Opportunities for Growers
Master Gardener Program
La Sweet Potato Industry Update and Wrap Up of Morning Session
Tour of Sweet Potato Research Station
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
This newly revised brochure, Birders Guide to Louisiana, is a free download you can use to plan your birding adventures on your agricultural lands.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Mike Billings of DixieMaze Farm in Shreveport, LA. Mike told me that in fifteen years the operation had expanded to provide more than just a corn maze. As you can see from this aerial photo, his operation includes: pony rides, duck races, cow train , hayride, corn bin and a zombie paintball area.
Click here to see his website for information on location, attractions, fees and parking.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
To add to the experience, allow guests to help make the wine; film them and upload to You-Tube or send to their Facebook page. This might appeal to some audiences who enjoy social media.
While a muscadine wine trail is a good idea, this could be used with any commodity. To learn more about the trail, its goals and how it works, click here.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Monday, September 2, 2013
How much will people pay? Smith kept the menu a secret for the first two dinners and charged $75 for the first and $90 for the second; he has not set the price of the third. The first two dinners sold out within days.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Click here to see a recent video from Louisiana. See how Executive Chef Jeremy Langlois of Houmas House Plantation and Gardens in Darrow, LA uses the produce grown by gardener Craig Black. Then visit Baton Rouge to hear from Nathan Gresham, chef at Beausoleil Restaurant and Bar and finally hear from farmer, Galen Iverstine of Kentwood. Each share a unique perspective of farm to table.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Every quarter we offer a newsletter filled with information. Click here to read the latest edition.
This quarter you will learn about marketing agritourism online, farm-to-table events, arts and eats in Michigan, Fermata founder insights into tourism and workshops schedules for October.
If you have a question, give Dora Ann Hatch a call at
(318) 927-9654 extension 229 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Recreational tourism can include: agritourism, heritage tourism, eco-tourism, nature-based tourism, etc. It's about having fun and learning something at the same time. Most of the opportunities can be found in rural settings.
In Louisiana, we have recreational statutes that provide a level of protection for landowners. One of our newest is the Louisiana Agritourism Limited Liability Law which was passed in 2008. This law lists a number of opportunities for landowners to engage in and receive protection under the law.
Although we list many activities as agritourism, they could also be considered eco-tourism and nature-based tourism.
I found an excellent resource online entitled, "Developing Naturally: An Exploratory Process for Nature-Based Community Tourism." This manual was written by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and provides great insight in how to develop a region for tourism using natural resources.
The LSU AgCenter provides assistance in agritourism related projects.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
What an enterprising idea to team up with a well-known chef.
If you have value-added products, try this idea.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Advertising today does not have to be costly. Taking the time to learn how to have an online presence is key to your success. Having a website is a must.
Nebraska has released an online publication showing the importance of marketing your agritourism ventues using online strategies. The brochure is free and can be accessed online or downloaded. You will be asked for your e-mail to access the brochure. Call us at the LSU AgCenter or e-mail us if we can assist you in anyway with your agritourism venture.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
What could some of our stories be?
- I rode horseback through a forest and had a meal by the campfire.
- I caught a fish at the pond and cleaned it.
- I slept in a cabin in the middle of the woods.
- I had fun in the corn maze.
- I milked a cow.
- I watched the cheese making process.
- I picked peas and then cooked them and had them for a meal.
- I shot my first deer or squirrel.
You get the idea, it's the stories about the experiences.
Review our online information at: www.lsuagcenter.com/agritourism
Friday, August 9, 2013
The program is called Arts and Eats, for more information go to: www.artsandeats.org
This Michigan based program has been successful.
Contact the LSU AgCenter for more information. email@example.com
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
The LSU AgCenter has a best managment practices guide to address safety issues.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
For more on this subject, click here.
My presentation at the conference is entitled, "New Partnerships Lead to Expansion of Nature-based Tourism in the Louisiana Delta." I plan to tell how federal, state and local groups are working together to showcase the Delta region of our state for its agricultural and nature-based tourism opportunities.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Click here to read the entire article.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
- prioritize and align your online and offline marketing activities
- maximize social media resources
- track the effectiveness of your campaigns
- and work collaboratively with the tourism trade to grow awareness and drive sales.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Lower Mississippi River Museum
910 Washington Street
Pay at the door, but reserve your place by calling
Monday, July 15, 2013
Last weekend I was in Memphis, TN and of course I had to go to the Farmers Market. I found lots of fruits, vegetables, flowers and meats to purchase. What I loved about the market was the beautiful displays. All the vendors did a great job showcasing their products. To learn more about farmers markets, read the Farmers Market Guide.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
FORESTERS who attend can receive CFE credits.
Take I-49 South toward Alexandria. Take exit 162 for LA-177 toward Couabatta/Pleasant Hill. Turn right onto LA-177 S. After 3,5 miles, turn left to stay on LA-177 S. Go 7.3 miles. Turn left onto LA-175 S. Go 9.9. miles. Turn right onto LA-120 W. Go 10.7 miles. Turn left onto Obrie St. Go 1.4 miles. Turn left onto LA-191 S. Go 3 miles. Turn right onto Carters Ferry Rd. Go 2 miles. Turn right onto San Miguel Rd. Continue onto Cozy Point Rd. Continue onto Wildwood Rd. Entrance to Wildwood Resort on the left.
From Alexandria, LA:
Take I-49 North to exit 138 (LA-6 W). Turn left onto LA-6 W/University Parkway. Go 24 miles. Turn right onto Hill St. Continue onto US-171 N/Elizabeth St. Go 8.8 miles. Turn left onto N. Main St. Go 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Obrie St. Go 1.4 miles. Turn left onto LA-191 S. Go 3 miles. Turn right onto Carters Ferry Rd. Go 2 miles. Turn right onto San Miguel Rd. Continue onto Cozy Point Rd. Continue onto Wildwood Rd. Entrance to Wildwood Resort on the left.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
If you are interested in starting an agritourism operation, e-mail Dora Ann Hatch.
Monday, June 24, 2013
What a great idea for your backyard or for including chickens in your agritourism operation at a low cost.
Friday, June 21, 2013
During my short visit I saw owner, Chris Alexander, handout lots of berry picking buckets.
It's a self-guided operation in the berry patch, but if you stay until the afternoon you can watch how they take fresh picked berries and package them for delivery.
This is a great place to spend a hot summer day and then return home to enjoy berries over cereal or ice cream or in a cobbler.