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Jacqui James is New Extension Coordinator in Choctaw County

Alabama Extension’s Choctaw County  office has a new County Extension Coordinator … Jacqui James will begin work... more

Chris Becker is New Extension Coordinator for Limestone County

By Rebecca Oliver     Alabama Extension recently named Chris Becker as the County Extension Coordinator for Limestone County ... more

2015 AFVGA Conference Highlights for Beginning and Experienced Farmers

Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association;#Certified Horticultural Retailer Program;#IPM Communicator: Beneficial Insects;#IPM Communicator: Diseases;#IPM Communicator: Insect Pests;#IPM Communicator: Miscellaneous;#IPM Communicator:... more

Outstanding Speakers at Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference

Community Resource Development;#Economic and Community Development … By Casey Whitaker The 2014 Mississippi-Alabama... more

2014 Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference Oct. 20-22 in Greenwood, Mississippi

August 27, 2014 -- Innovative attraction ideas, knowledgeable speakers and a behind-the-scenes tour of DreamWorks Studios' The Help are just... more

80 Paddlers Enjoy Hatchet Creek Festival May 31-June 1

The Coosa County Extension Office and local volunteers hosted the second annual Hatchet Creek Festival on May 31 – June... more

Alabama Extension Offering Alabama Cottage Food Law Training

The first training aimed at helping Alabama entrepreneurs comply with Alabama’s new Cottage Food Law will be held from 1 to... more

Regional RC&D Council Recognizes Extension Specialist as Outstanding Educator

Alabama’s Mountains, Rivers and Valleys Resource Conservation and Development Council recently awarded Urban Regional Extension Specialist Robert Spencer with a... more

Alabama Mississippi Tourism Conference Provides Participants with New and Innovative Ideas

Participants attending the 2013 Alabama-Mississippi Tourism Conference in Guntersville, Ala., learned numerous ways to bring in tourists to their rural... more

Don't miss this final 2013 Webinar - Online Mapping and Spatial Resources for the Private Forest Landowner

Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management … Community Forestry;#Forestry Articles;#Geospatial;#Water Conservation & Rainwater Collection;#Water... more

Developing an Agri-Tourism
Attraction in Alabama


Agriculture and tourism are two of Alabama’s largest industries. Agriculture has been the traditional backbone of the state’s economy and had over a $7 billion impact last year. Tourism is a relatively new industry, yet its economic impact was also $7 billion. Imagine the possibilities if the two were to combine efforts. Leaders in both industries are beginning to do just that in selected areas. The result is agri-tourism.

This publication is designed to assist farmers and entrepreneurs in deciding if agri-tourism could enhance their incomes and to provide the initial basic information needed for an individual to develop an agri-tourism attraction.

Agri-tourism has had a significant history, both in Europe and in selected segments of the United States, such as the West and upper Midwest. Europe has long had the concept of the farm stay, where travelers stay on a working farm for a holiday or vacation. Minnesota was in the forefront of the agritourism movement in the early ‘70s, but interest soon waned. By the late ‘90s, interest had again picked up, primarily because of farmers wanting to produce additional income to be able to stay in agriculture. more...