Friday, January 10, 2014

Coastal Eco/Agri-Tourism Workshop Planned for Lake Charles

Coastal Eco/Agri-tourism Workshop
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
LSU AgCenter Office
7101 Gulf Highway
Lake Charles, LA
(337) 475-8812

What will I learn? This one day workshop will provide landowners and current or prospective businesses with information on supplemental income opportunities from ecotourism/agritourism ventures.

Who should attend? Targeted participants include  landowners; farmers; charter and guide fishermen and hunters; marina owners; and swamp tour operators.

Morning Session

8:00 Registration

8:30 Welcome and announcements
        Kevin Savoie, Louisiana Sea Grant

8:45 Revenue Potential from Natural Resource Enterprises
        Dr. Daryl Jones, Mississippi State University Natural Resource Enterprises Program

9:00 Yellow Rails and Rice Festival Success Story
        Kevin Berken, KMB Farms and Chairman of the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board
        Donna Dittman, LSU Museum of Natural Science and Avian Events Support Team
        Steven W. Cardiff, LSU Museum of Natural Science and Avian Events Support Team

9:30 Economics of Coastal Waters
        Jack Issacs, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

10:00 Break

10:20 Liability Issues
          Sea Grant Legal

11:00 Tourism Opportunities
          Twyla Herrington, Louisiana Sea Grant
          Dora Ann Hatch, Agritourism Coordinator, LSU AgCenter

11:30 Eco tour Success Story
          Capt’N Sammie Faulk

11:45 Lunch

Afternoon session

12:30 Load vans for field trip to Miller’s Lake Boat House

Afternoon speakers :

Creole Nature Trail
Anne Klenke

Cajun Ben‘s and Airboats and Alligators
Benny Welch

Dave Patton, Coordinator of Peveto Woods Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Native Plants
C.C. Richmond, Louisiana Environmental Research Center, McNeese State University

3:30 Return to LSU AgCenter Office

Closing Remarks/Evaluations

The cost of the workshop is $25 per person or $30 per couple. Send your check made payable to the "LSU AgCenter" on or before February 5th. Provide your name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail.  Mail to: Twyla Herrington, Louisiana Sea Grant/LSU AgCenter, 479 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., suite 201, Belle Chasse, LA 70037.

Got Questions? E-mail or call any of us:
Dora Ann Hatch, agritourism coordinator (318) 927-9654 x 229 or
Twyla Herrington, Sea Grant, (504) 858-9826 or
Kevin Savoie, Sea Grant, (337) 660-8519 or

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