The Arkansas Agritourism Association will host its inaugural conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service at Little Rock.


The keynote speaker is P. Allen Smith, an author, television host, conservationist, lifestyle expert and garden designer. Smith is the owner of Moss Mountain Farm at Roland, which is available for tours, private gatherings, weddings and other social or business events.


The conference will commemorate the agritourism association’s first anniversary, according to a news release.


The event will feature workshops on food safety, marketing techniques, hospitality, an insurance roundtable and various networking opportunities.


Arkansas agritourism operators organized the organization in 2017 to explore the possibility of forming a statewide association. Technical assistance was provided by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas Tourism and the Arkansas Agriculture Department.


The organization provides support, education, technical assistance and networking opportunities for current and potential agritourism operators throughout the state. The group held its first official meeting Feb. 26, 2018, to establish bylaws and elect officers and board members.


Due to limited seating, early registration for the conference is encouraged and can be reserved at: https://www.arkansas.com/arkansas-agritourism-association-conference. Completed registration forms can be mailed or processed at the conference.


Details: Ruth Pepler, Arkansas Agritourism Association president, info@agritourism.com or 870-504-1306.