Friday, January 30, 2015

Nature Photography Workshop

Join us for a two session Nature Photography Workshop 

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe, LA 


March 14, 2015
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 28, 2015
10 a.m. to noon

Session one: 

The class will be inside in the morning teaching basic photography skills and providing tips on photographing nature and wildlife. In the afternoon participants will take a photography field trip and have hands-on instructionFor this session you will need a notepad, camera (professional camera not required; point and shoot camera is okay), a brown bag lunch, snacks and drinks.

Session two:

The class will be indoors. Bring your camera and three or more photos to be critiqued by the group.
Registration  is $50.  Make checks payable to:
“Louisiana Delta Adventures.”
Mail to:
Candice Head
P.O. Box 595
Newellton, LA 71357
Include your name, address, phone number and e-mail.
March 6, 2015

For more information contact:
Candice Head or
Dora Ann Hatch at

Class Instructor:
Candice Head
Head to Toe Photos

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Offering Something New

If you have been in business for awhile maybe it's time to add something new.. Using the resources you have, what would that be?

Most farms have lots of open land. Why not partner with someone who needs to raise money for a cause; a church that needs a place for a fellowship event; or work with a school to offer an outing for students and family.

Events could be:  a hike, a run, an Easter Egg Hunt, etc. As people participate in these events make sure they see your agritourism operation, but don't include that in the event so that they will return as a paid guest to your operation.

As a partner make sure that it's understood that you will need to receive money to cover the expenses of insurance, extra personnel, etc. This parntership could lead to future events and provide publicity.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Beekeeping Has Been Added to the List of Agritourism Activities Covered Under the Agritourism Limited Liability Law

The Commissioner of Agriculture has approved adding beekeepers to the list of approved agritourism activiites covered under the Agritourism Limited Liability Law passed in 2008.  For a copy of the law, click here.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Is Facebook Replacing Mass Media as a Marketing Tool?

I'm a fan of Jane Eckert's and Jane recently wrote about how Facebook is changing the way we do business.  Business owners are more in control of their marketing than every before.

Jane talks about Facebook "boosts." Read what she has to say.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Gardening Seminar Part of Ag Expo 2015 in West Monroe January 17, 2015

Master Gardeners in northeast Louisiana will hold their 5th annual gardening seminar at the West Monroe Convention Center from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Jan. 17.


The keynote speaker will be Peter J. Hatch, a professional gardener and historian with 38 years of experience in the restoration, care and interpretation of historic landscapes.

Other speakers include: William Welch, professor and Texas AgriLife Extension Service landscape horticultural sciences professional, and  Chris Wiesinger, owner of The Southern Bulb Company near Tyler, Texas.

Admission for the seminar is $20.

The Convention Center is located at 501 Ridge Avenue, West Monroe.

For additional information on the seminar, contact Heafner at 318-323-2251 or

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Annie's Project Coming to Lafayette in February

Annie’s Project, an educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise in Louisiana, is planned for February 24-25, 2015 in Lafayette. The location is Hilton Garden Inn, 2350 W. Congress St., Lafayette, LA 70506

The workshop will address the following topics: risk assessments, human factors in farming, grain marketing, insurance for family and farm business, crop insurance, farm programs, farm transition planning, financial statement, farm tax issues and accounting, legal issues, retirement planning and business planning. As part of the business planning session we will discuss agritourism.

The cost to attend is $75 and registration ends on February 21, 2015. To register, contact:
Deborah Cross-Young- State Coordinator for Annie’s, at or call (225) 281-9470; or

Angie Fogleman President Acadiana RC&D, (318) 240-0107

Monday, January 5, 2015

National Geographic Features Wes Mar Farms on Television Show

On December 29, 2014 National Geographic featured WesMar Farms in its “Eric Greenspan Is Hungry” television series. National Geographic describes the series as following “Chef Eric Greenspan on an American road trip documenting his gastronomic quest for the quintessential meat experience.”  

WesMar Farms  owners, Wes and Marguerite Constantine, are to be congratulated. Read more by clicking here.