|Agritourism ideas coming to Winnsboro|
The concept of agriculture in Franklin Parish as an attraction for tourists will be explored, along with recent state laws designed to foster "agritourism, in a special session next week at the Scott Research Center.
Billed as an "Agritourism Roadshow," the two hour seminar on using farm facilities to attract paying customers will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the center on Macon Ridge Road.
The state passed legislation in 2008 to limit the liability for certain agritourism ventures. The intent of the law was to increase the number of agri-related private businesses in the state.
The LSU AgCenter, sponsor of the seminar, list a number of enterprises which could qualify as an agritourism venture, including: horseback riding, wildlife viewing and photoraphy, fee fishing, camping/pickinicking, fee hunting, wagon rides, school tours, garden, nursery or winery tours, agricultural exhibits, game preserve, skeet shooting, exotic farm animals, on-farm sales, roadside stands, agricultural crafts, guest ranch, youth camp, farmers markets, , guided crop tours, hay bale or corn mazes, pony rides, for example.
During the presentation, LSU officials will answer the question: "What is Agritourism?";
explain the agritourism law; discuss rules and regulations; suggest plans of operation and identify a certification process.