2019 Agri/Eco Tourism Workshop
Hosted by Nebraska Tourism Commission
Audience: Anyone wanting to start or grow a successful agri/eco tourism business. Typical attendees include farmers, ranchers, outfitters, vineyard operators, u-pick operators, managers of eco-tourism attractions, chamber/tourism directors, and more.
Get behind-the-scenes tours of successful agri/eco tourism businesses, including Calamus Outfitters, Rowse's 1+1 Ranch and Comstock Premier Lodge. Meet agri/eco tourism business owners and taste local food, wine and beer.
Attend engaging educational sessions focused on effective marketing, business sustainability, and more. Walk away with practical tips you can start implementing right away.
Learn what resources are available to all Nebraska agri/eco tourism businesses.
- Network with other Nebraskans working in the agri/eco tourism industry. Make lasting, beneficial connections.
1.) Tuesday: Free or $15 with meal
Tourism Commissioners Meeting (meeting is free and open to the public, meal to follow is $15 in addition to workshop registration)
2.) Full Conference Registration: $100
Ranch Tours, Taste & Feel Event, Workshop and Sponsor Exhibition (Includes materials, meals - with the exception of Tuesday's, breaks, and all activities)
3.) Wednesday Only: $55
Ranch Tours and Taste & Feel Event (Includes materials, meals, and breaks)
4.) Thursday Only: $75
Workshop and Sponsor Exhibition (Includes materials, meals, and breaks)
Registration form and payment must be received by Friday, February 22, 2019.
To register for the workshop:
- Fill out a registration form and mail it back - or -
- Fill out the online registration at this link: Online Registration
* Please note that online registrations require a 10% transaction fee in addtion to the amount of the registration.
If you have any questions about registration, contact Bryce Arens at 402-471-3796 or email@example.com
Cobblestone Inn & Suites
127 Trotter Ave
Ord, NE 68862
- Ask for the Ag/Eco Workshop Rate
- Reservations must be booked by Feb. 26, 2019
- $79.99 per room per night + tax
- This rate includes overnight accommodation and breakfast buffet
Tuesday, February 26
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Nebraska Tourism Commission Meeting* at Bootleg Brewers, 45145 829th Rd, Taylor, NE 68879
*Meeting is free and open to the public.
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Social & Dinner* at Bootleg Brewers
*Dinner is $15 and must be paid in advance. Please add this additional payment to your registration fee if you plan to attend.
Wednesday, February 27
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration Open
7:45 a.m. Buses depart Trotter Event Center for Ranch Tours
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
4:40 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. Buses return to Cobblestone Inn & Suites/Trotter Event Center
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Taste & Feel of Nebraska featuring Michel Marlin’s Comedy & Trajectory
Thursday, February 28
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration Open / Sponsor Exhibition Booths Open
9:00 a.m. Workshop Welcome
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Keynote Session: If You Don’t Build It, They Will Come, Michael Marlin
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Networking/Sponsor Exhibition Break
10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Morning Breakout Sessions:
- Upping Your Customer Service Game, Adam Lackner
- Using Tourism to Diversify Your Business Mix, Mary Stewart
- Website & Brand Development for Beginners, Steve & Ann Teget
12:05 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Keynote Session: Cranes, Plains and a Watershed, Michael Forsberg & Sarah Sortum
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions:
- Scaling-up & Negotiating Land Leases, Adam Lackner
- Partnering with Game and Parks, TJ Walker
- The Business of Photography, Brad Mellema
3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Networking/Sponsor Exhibition Break
3:20 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Discussion Panel: Tammy Rowse, Roxanne & Mitch Huggins, Sarah Sortum, & Mary Stewart
5:30 p.m. Pizza Palace Social Event at Scratchtown Brewing Company
7:00 p.m. Performance at the Golden Husk – Map of My Kingdom: Who’s going to get the farm?
Adam Lackner, Brush Buck Wildlife Tours
Sarah Sortum, Calamus Outfitters
Mary Stewart, Agriculture Business Development and Marketing, Oregon State University Extensiojn Service
Steve & Ann Teget, postcardjar.com