2019 Agri/Eco Tourism Workshop

Hosted by Nebraska Tourism Commission

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Taste & Feel of Nebraska  |  Sponsors

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.

Workshop Activities:

  • 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.

Registration Types:

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)

Workshop Registration

Registration form and payment must be received by Friday, February 22, 2019.

To register for the workshop:

  1. Fill out a registration form and mail it back  - or - 
  2. 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 bryce.arens@nebraska.gov


Cobblestone Inn & Suites

127 Trotter Ave

Ord, NE  68862

(308) 728-5307

  • 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

Additional Lodging Options


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?

Ranch Tours

Calamus Outfitters

Comstock Lodge

Rowse's 1+1


Michael Forsberg, Platte Basin Timelapse Project

Adam Lackner, Brush Buck Wildlife Tours

Michael Marlin, "Luma: Art in Darkness"

Brad Mellema, Executive Director Grand Island Tourism & Visitours Bureau

Sarah Sortum, Calamus Outfitters

Mary Stewart, Agriculture Business Development and Marketing, Oregon State University Extensiojn Service

Steve & Ann Teget, postcardjar.com

TJ Walker, Nebraska Game & Parks Wildlife Division

Taste & Feel of Nebraska

Event Description

Event Application


Sponsorship Packet

Downloadable Documents

Calendar of Events