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Farm and Ranch Recreation Resource Directory Revised 2018


This resource directory provides reference information designed for farm & ranch families who are interested in starting a guide service, bed and breakfast, working ranch or similar business.

The section topics include input from current recreation business owners who shared their experiences and knowledge on what works and what doesn't, short reviews on travel trends, and what do people want on their Western vacations? How can you increase the range of activities you make available to appeal to the new tourist? Learn how to determine your break-even price.  Expert presenters from the Departments of tax, health, legal and insurance provided information on liability exposure, risks, health regulations, licensing/regulations, sales and other tax requirements, identification of risk and insurance coverage. There is also a section on business planning, grants, loans and others along with a list of state resources.

For resource information please choose from the sections listed below.

Section 1. Getting the Most out of What You Have:
   Panelist Profiles - In this section you will find bios on the panelist that provided helpful and educational information that relates to their experiences of starting and operating their home based businesses.

Section 2. Marketing Strategies

  • Trends in Farm & Ranch Recreation
  • The Importance of People & Hospitality

Section 3. North Dakota Marketing

Section 4. Feasibility - Break Even & Cash Flow

Section 5. Start a Business

Section 6 . Insurance Needs

Section 7. Legal Considerations

Section 8 . Home Business Ideas

Section 9. Grants, Loans & Others

Section 10. North Dakota Department of Health & Human Services

Section 11. Building Codes, Fire Codes, Permits & Inspections

Section 12. Resources

North Dakota State University (NDSU) - Fargo is a land-grant university. It has a special obligation to assist North Dakota's communities by providing Extension and Outreach services to carry out research and education   The NDSU Extension Service is a network of county extension agents, and area and state extension specialists who are committed to helping youth and adults to enhance their lives and communities through education.

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