The Arkansas Agritourism Association will host its inaugural conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service in Little Rock. The keynote speaker is P. Allen Smith, an author, television host, conservationist, lifestyle expert and garden designer. Smith is the owner of Moss Mountain Farm, located in Roland, Ark. The farm is available for tours, private gatherings, weddings and other social or business events.

The conference will commemorate the Arkansas Agritourism Association’s one-year anniversary. The event will feature workshop sessions on food safety, marketing techniques, hospitality, an insurance roundtable and various networking opportunities.

Due to limited seating, early registration is encouraged and can be reserved online at:https://www.arkansas.com/arkansas-agritourism-association-conference. Completed registration forms can be mailed or processed at the conference.  

The Arkansas Agritourism Association was organized by a group of Arkansas agritourism operators in 2017 to explore the possibility of forming a statewide association. Technical assistance was provided by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas Tourism and the Arkansas Agriculture Department.

The organization provides support, education, technical assistance and networking opportunities for current and potential agritourism operators throughout the state. The group held its first official meeting February 26, 2018, to establish bylaws and elect officers and board members.

For more information: Contact: Ruth Pepler, President, Arkansas Agritourism Association, Phone:  870-504-1306, Email: info@agritourism.com