Saturday, July 10, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce to host agritourism workshop

Kansas Department of Commerce to host agritourism workshop

Farmers, business owners and entrepreneurs interested in agritourism are invited to attend a free agritourism workshop July 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Netawaka Community Building in Netawaka, Kan.
The two-hour session will provide an overview of agritourism, including how rural entrepreneurs can start a new agritourism business or incorporate agritourism into an existing business. The session will be led by Jan Janzten, director of Rural Tourism Development for the Flint Hills Resource Conservation & Development and owner of Kansas Flint Hills Adventures, one of the region's most successful agritourism operations.
The informational session is free, and registration is not required.
The event is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce; Flint Hills Resource Conservation & Development; and Glacial Hills Resource Conservation Development.
"Agritourism" typically is defined as the crossroads of traditional agriculture and tourism. Farmers across Kansas are realizing the benefits of tailoring their operations to tourists, who are increasingly longing to visit a working ranch, rope a calf, ride a horse, pick their own apples or tour a winery. These activities provide lifelong memories for tourists and additional revenue for Kansas farmers who host them. If you are a Kansas producer looking to grow your business, then becoming an agritourism vendor may be the perfect way to do it.
The Kansas Department of Commerce promotes agritourism in Kansas through various programs and services, including the Kansas Agritourism Attraction Development Loan, the Agritourism Educational Scholarship Program and the Simply Kansas trademark program. For details, visit www.kansascommerce.com/agritourism.
For more information, contact Becki Rhoades with the Kansas Department of Commerce at 785-296-3737; Jan Jantzen with Flint Hills RC&D at 620-340-0113, extension 9; or Jessica Bowser with Glacial Hills RC&D at 785-945-6292.
Info Courtesy of: High Plains/Midwest AG

See you in the Flint Hills of Kansas!  ;-)

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