Monday, January 7, 2013

Agritourism-Section 22-Ag Census

In completing your 2012 census it is very important to accurately report how your land is used. For this reason, it is important to understand the definition of “agritourism.” In Louisiana, we have chosen this definition, “Agritourism is a business operation on a working farm, ranch or other agricultural enterprise that offers educational and fun experiences for visitors while generating supplemental income for the owner.”
Using that definition, flip through the agricultural census to the agritourism section, section 22. Number four in section 22 asks for “agritourism” numbers. Number four, states: “Agritourism and recreational services, such as farm or winery tours, hay rides, hunting, fishing, etc.
The "etc" includes more operations than the few listed. Here is just a partical listing of other activities that you can include in this category: value-added products, on-farm produce sales, u-pick-em operations, garden/nursery tours, historical building tours, canoeing or paddling, camping, bird watching, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, orienteering, photography, nature walks, dog training, bed & breakfasts and skeet shooting.
Deadline for census completion is February 4, 2013.

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