Conference Information

NC Agritourism Conference

Monday January 30th - Tuesday January 31st 2017

Marriot - Downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina

425 North Cherry Street - Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Due to the winter weather the 2017 NC Agritourism Conference has been reschedule to the above listed dates.

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The North Carolina Agritourism Networking Association, Inc. is proud to host the 11th annual Agritourism Conference. This is the largest dedicated Agritourism conference in the world, with over 150 active participants. Hurry and reserve your spot now before it is too late.


This conference will build on the previous conferences and include a large farm panel discussion with an attorney, insurance professional, financial advisor and experienced agritourism farmer/owner/operator, all of whom are versed in agritourism zoning and liability and diversification.

Monday January 9th - Farm Tour - Buses

Patterson Farm – Mt. Ula, NC
Carrigan Farm – Mooresville, NC
Vista at Walnut Hill – Cleveland, NC
Lunch at Mario’s Family Restaurant – Cleveland, NC (lunch included)
Alpha and Omega Corn Maze – Hamptonville, NC
Mitchell’s Nursery & Greenhouse – King, NC

Tuesday January 10th – Educational Conference & Vendor Area

7:00am - 7:30pm - Registration & Vendor Time & Continental Breakfast Time
7:30am - 7:35am - Door Prize Drawing

7:35am - 8:30am - Welcome & Kickoff – Message from Tina Gross, President of NC-ANA along with Debbie Hamrick from North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation & Annie Baggett with the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
8-30am - 8:50am – Break & Vendor Time


Educational Breakouts

8:50am - 10-:00am – Social Media 101 / Point of Sales Systems & Technology on the Farm
10:00am - 10:10am – Break - Vendor Time
10:10am - 11:20am – Social Media 201 / How to Hire Effectively
11:20am - 11:25am - Head to Lunch
11:25am - 12:55pm - Lunch @ Embassy Suites / Business Meeting / Door Prize
12:55pm -1:20pm – Break & Vendor Time
1:20pm - 2:30 pm – Taking School Tours to the Next Level / Promote Local
2:30pm - 2:45pm – Break - Vendor Time
2:45pm - 4:45pm – Farm Panel Discussion ***MAIN EVENT***
(A town hall style panel discussion with industry leaders)
Russ Vollmer – Farmer/Owner/Operator, The Vollmer Farm - Bunn, NC
John Bryant – Attorney, Bryant & Ivie, PLLC - Raleigh, NC
Ken Donat – Donat Insurance Services, LLC – New Lisbon, WI
Rick Gardner – Financial Advisor, RGA Investments – Raleigh, NC


4:45pm - 5:00pm – Main Raffle Ticket Drawing & Conference Evaluation