Missouri Farm Bureau, the state’s largest farm organization, recognizes the importance of agritourism to farmers and ranchers seeking additional revenue sources and the general public as a way of connection to agriculture for entertainment, educational and nostalgic purposes. Bringing the general public directly to the farm or ranch can give them a chance to have a personal experience with farming or ranching activities as well as historic, cultural or natural attractions. MOFB’s goal is for them to walk away from the experience with a better understanding and appreciation for agriculture.

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The Missouri Agritourism Conference will be held July 29-31, 2018, at the Drury Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Cape Girardeau. Sponsors of the conference are Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture's Missouri Grown program and Missouri Wine and Grape Board.

Sunday, July 29

4 pm - 6 pm    Registration
6 pm                 Welcome Reception/Dinner
                          Group Discussion - What Flew/What Flopped  
                                

Monday, July 30              

7 am                 Agritourism Bus Tour

The bus tour stops include the following locations:

  • Beggs Family Farm, Sikeston
  • Blodgett Paintball Planet and Fun Factory, Sikeston
  • Beggs Berry World, Benton
  • Meier Horse Shoe Pines, Jackson
  • Knowlan Family Farm, Bufordville
  • Lazy L Safari, Cape Girardeau
  • Hemman Winery, Brazeau
  • Eggers and Company General Store B&B, Farrar
  • Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum, Altenburg
    German Farm to Table Dinner

Click here for descriptions of the bus tour stops. 

Tuesday, July 31

7:30 am             Registration

8 am                  Welcome

  • Mom and Pop on Top: How to Be Small, but Play Large
    Jon Schallert, The Schallert Group, Business Destination Expert
  • How do I start a Food Hub in My Community
    Katie and Todd Geisert, Farm to You
  • What You Need to Know About Animals and Agritourism Operations
    USDA-APHIS Staff and Agritourism Operator Panel
  • Transform Your Business into a Consumer Destination
    Jon Schallert, The Schallert Group, Business Destination Expert
  • Navigating Health Insurance Challenges for Small Businesses

Click here for information on our keynote speaker and sessions. 

5 pm                   Adjourn

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
$125 per person. Includes Sunday reception/dinner, Monday bus tour and lunch, and Tuesday Program sessions and lunch. 

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HOTEL RESERVATION INFORMATION

Hotel rooms will be available at a discounted rate of $109.99 per night (includes breakfast, evening kickback and pool) until July 15. When making reservations, please contact the hotel at 573-334-7151 and reference group number 2339151 to get the discounted conference rate. Reservations after July 15 are not guaranteed to receive the conference rate and are subject to availability.

Please continue to check back for updates on registering for the conference, hotel reservations, bus tour venue stops and topics/speakers.  For questions and/or additional conference information please contact Kelly Smith at 573-893-1416 or kesmith@mofb.com.
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