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Manage Your Risk in an Agritourism Business


08/30/2018 - Bringing visitors to your farm can create new income streams as trends indicate that nature and agricultural tourism is on the rise the Catskills region. Agritourism can also be a source of risk to the farm business. Five seminars will teach how to manage risk followed by a panel of successful agritourism operators. Between seminars, participants will build on their knowledge to develop their own risk management plans. The five areas of risk that will be presented are legal, marketing, human resource, financial and weather/production risks. This five-county program will be offered simultaneously in Delaware (the host county), Otsego/Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster via Zoom technology. The program is sponsored by the Northeast Extension Risk Management Education agency and the five Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations.

The seminars will be held at the Cooperative Extension Office, 34570 St. Hwy. 10, Ste. 2 Hamden, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There is no fee to attend and participants may bring their own lunch. Snacks and beverages provided. RSVP by Sept. 21. For more information contact Mariane Kiraly, Sr. Resource Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-865-6531.

Requests received after this date will be met when possible.

Seminar dates are:

Friday, Sept. 28: Introduction to Risk Management; Financial Risk

Friday, Oct. 5: Production/weather risk

Friday, Oct. 12: Legal risk

Friday, Oct. 19: Marketing risk

Friday, Nov. 2: Agritourism panel

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by calling Mariane Kiraly at 607-865-6531 by Sept. 21 to ensure sufficient time to make arrangements.

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