Agri-tourism workshop set December 4 in Yankton

Agri-tourism workshop set December 4 in Yankton On Saturday, Dec. 4, an agri-tourism workshop will be held at JoDean's Steakhouse & Lounge, 2809 Broadway in Yankton. The day-long workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the workshop, Dr. Russell Stubbles, a professor at SDSU, will assist farmers and ranchers expand their thinking to include tourism. Stubbles has extensive knowledge of the topic having worked extensively in Eastern Europe developing agri-tourism.

Stubbles will present new possibilities and ideas for ag-related tourism. The workshop will focus on how to develop a tourist attraction in a rural or farm setting. Some of the topics which will be discussed include how to develop a business plan, liability issues, promoting and partnering, and brochure and Web site development.

The workshop is being presented by the Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau and Southeast South Dakota Tourism Association, with the assistance of local businesses and organizations. Sponsoring businesses include: Bon Homme Yankton Electric, CorTrust Bank, Farm Bureau Insurance, Farm Credit Services, First Dakota National Bank, Frontier Mills, Gerstner Oil Company, Hubbs Agency, Koletzky Implement, Lower James R, C & D, Mark's Machinery, Midwest Insurance Agency, Nebraska R, C & D, Riverfront Event Center, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Yaggies, and Yankton Equipment.

Cost of the workshop is $15 per person or $25 per couple, which includes lunch and refreshments. Pre-registration by Nov. 26 is required. Call the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at (605) 665-3636 to register or for more information. A registration form can also be downloaded from www.yanktonsd.com.

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