City folks spending a few hours or a day on a working farm is not something that was popular a few years ago.

Today, however, it is not only a popular experience but a profitable sideline for many in agriculture.

†Agri-tourism has become a major industry in rural areas. The recent expansion of this business has been a boon to many struggling agri-business operators.

Developing this business, was the topic of a seminar held at Claythorne Lodge, near Hallowell, Thursday, with approximately 50 people attending the conference.

What is Agritourism?

When the public visits a working farm, ranch, winery or agricultural heritage site to enjoy activities, outdoor recreation, shopping dining or lodging.

What business owner isnít seeking ways to increase sales? The agribusiness operator is no exception.

Agri-tourism have what the public is looking for in entertainment, and inexpensive things to do, and places to go.

Speaking to the group was Diana Endicott, Rainbow Farms, Uniontown and Jan Jantzen of Flinthills Adventures, Emporia. Both have made their businesses agri-tourism stops.

The workshop was sponsored by the Kansas Small Business Development citer at Pittsburg State University; See-Kan RC&D; the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Producers Coop Association and Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative.