Goehring says agritourism holds promise for farmers, rural community

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says agritourism holds promise for additional income to farmers and ranchers, while giving agriculture a powerful tool for telling its story.

“Agritourism activities can put much-needed dollars into farmers' pockets, extra income that can be crucial some years,” Goehring said. “At the same time, agritourism builds bridges between our rural and urban communities, helping city dwellers better understand what farmers and ranchers do and how agriculture affects all of us.”  

Goehring encouraged farmers and ranchers and agricultural organizations to sign up for the first North Dakota Agritourism Workshop, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, April 23, at the Bismarck Radisson Hotel, 605 E. Broadway Ave. The event, sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Tourism Division, is the lead-off event of the 2012 North Dakota Travel Industry Conference, "Building toward the Future.”

“The workshop includes presentations on risk management, best practices, the state's new limited liability law and adding new income to a farm operation,” he said. “The Ag Department's Katie Pinke, a recognized expert on social media, will demonstrate how these communication tools can enhance an agritourism operation.”

Attendees can pre-register by going to the North Dakota Tourism website at www.ndtourism.com/industry/agritourism/north-dakota-agritourism-workshop/. The $25 registration includes the workshop, networking lunch and resource materials. Travel conference attendees can attend the agritourism workshop at no additional cost.

More information on the agritourism workshop is available by contacting Dean Ihla at the Tourism Division at dihla@nd.gov or 701-328-3505.