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Agritourism: Your Next Cash Crop?

agritourismCall it what you want – agritourism, ecotourism, or nature-based tourism. Travelers from all over the United States and the world are coming to Kansas--and they are willing to pay handsomely for authentic rural experiences and the related dining, lodging, shopping and entertainment. Kansas visitors are looking for farm and ranch vacations featuring authentic experiences. They are looking for vineyards and wineries, bird watching at a country inn, hiking, biking and riding trails. They are looking for opportunities to hunt, fish, camp or just sit around a campfire and stargaze while someone tells stories of the history, culture and traditions of the area. Our tourists are seeking high quality art, music, foods, clothing and other products representative of Kansas.

Farmers, ranchers and others interested in starting or expanding a business in which rural tourism would be an important source of income are encouraged to attend. Consisting of three parts, the first will be an illustrated presentation on the characteristics of the clientele, the kinds of experiences and products they want, and how to get started in your business. Second, a panel of Kansas Agritourism providers will describe their businesses and answer questions from the audience. Finally, an upcoming agritourism business development course will be explained.  

For more information please contact:

  • Sue Stringer, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, Byway Liaison 1020 S. Kansas Ave., Ste 200 Topeka, KS 66612 phone: 785-296-1847 or 1-800-684-6966

Kansas Department of Labor

Kansas Department of Labor

The Kansas Department of Labor website has information for employers and employees.  Find the latest information on unemployment, tax filing, benefits, legislation and much more.




Neighborhood Revitalization

Neighborhood Revitalization Program

·  Prior to any construction, you must contact the County Appraiser to begin the application process.

·  Upon issuance of your building permit, please call or visit the County Appraiser's office to see if the rehabilitation, alteration, addition, or new construction qualifies for a TAX REBATE on property taxes.

·  Applications for the Neighborhood Revitalization Program are available during normal business hours in the County Appraiser's office, located in the basement of the Courthouse.

·  There is a $50.00 NON-REFUNDABLE application fee to determine eligibility status for a tax rebate for 10 years under this program.

·  Please direct any further questions to the Marion County Appraiser (620)382-3715.


Business Resources

puzzleMarion County Business Development Center can assist you in finding the resources you need to make your venture a success.  We can help you fill in the missing piece to your business puzzle.

SBA Loans

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered about 20 million loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. The SBA's current business loan portfolio of roughly 219,000 loans worth more than $45 billion makes it the largest single financial backer of U.S. businesses in the nation.


The MicroLoan Program provides small loans to start-up, newly established, or growing small business concerns. For more information about the MicroLoan Program, please contact: Teresa Huffman

Kansas Department of Commerce

Kansas Department of Commerce Business and Community Development Assistance staff is committed to helping community developers get the technical and financial resources they need to achieve their goals. Department of Commerce community development programs and services fall into the following categories:


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