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Agritourism: Legal and Risk Considerations

March 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Topic: Business Basics

Learn about the regulatory framework of an agritourism operation, including local, state, and federal laws. Examine the NC Landowner Liability Laws and become aware of the need to post mandatory warning signs. Participants will evaluate how effective hold harmless agreements and waivers are and assess the risks of an agritourism operation. The A-B Tech Small Business Center (SBC) is collaborating with the Madison County Cooperative Extension office to offer a Business of Agritourism series which consists of seven seminars. This series will cover essential business elements in planning and operating an Agritourism business.

Tourism and Agriculture are the top two economic drivers in North Carolina; thus it makes great business sense to combine these industries to promote our local agriculture economy. The Agritourism training curriculum is an output of the Economic Impacts Work Group of the NC Cooperative Extension Local Foods Program Team. The combined effort with the A-B Tech SBC office is meant to raise awareness about the excellent free business planning resources available at the SBC offices located in Buncombe and Madison counties. Ideally, farmers will leave this series with a foundation for an Agritourism business plan and continue to use the resources of both the Cooperative Extension and the Small Business Center as their Agritourism businesses thrive. This series introduces agritourism to attendees and explores its many manifestations.

Speaker(s): Andrew Branan, NC Extension Specialist

Co-Sponsor(s): Madison Cooperative Extension

Fee: No Cost


March 14
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Madison County Cooperative Extension
258 Carolina Lane
Marshall, NC 28753 United States
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