Upcoming Events:

  • Repairing Your Credit

    Time: 5:00 PM -
    Location: 14102 St. Stephens Ave. Chatom Al.
    Calendar: ACES Consumer Science & Personal Financial Mngt.
    07/29 - Repairing Your Credit
  • Montgomery County Extension Grassroots Meeting

    Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Location: 5340 Atlanta Hwy., Montgomery AL 36109
    Calendar: ACES Community Resource Development
    08/05 - Montgomery County Extension Grassroots Meeting
  • Estate Planning

    Time: 5:30 AM -
    Location: 188 County Road 30; Kellyton, AL; Peace and Goodwill Community Life Center
    Calendar: ACES Consumer Science & Personal Financial Mngt.
    08/19 - Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning

    Time: 8:00 AM -
    Location: 819 Cook Avenue
    Calendar: ACES Consumer Science & Personal Financial Mngt.
    08/19 - Estate Planning
  • Teacher Training

    Time: 3:00 PM -
    Location: Frank Green Building Auditorium, 415 Fifth Ave. East Oneonta, AL 35121
    Calendar: ACES Consumer Science & Personal Financial Mngt.
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    09/09 - Teacher Training
  • Starting A Business From Scratch

    Time: 9:00 AM -
    Location: 701 Government St. Mobile Al.
    Calendar: ACES Consumer Science & Personal Financial Mngt.
    09/10 - Starting A Business From Scratch
  • Business Economics/Marketing

    Time: 1:00 PM -
    Location: 701 Government St. Mobile Al. 36602
    Calendar: ACES Consumer Science & Personal Financial Mngt.
    09/10 - Business Economics/Marketing
  • Developing a Short and Long Term Business Plan

    Time: 9:00 AM -
    Location: 701 Government St. Mobile Al. 36602
    Calendar: ACES Consumer Science & Personal Financial Mngt.
    09/11 - Developing a Short and Long Term Business Plan
  • Business Bookkeeping/Taxes

    Time: 1:00 PM -
    Location: 701 Government St. Mobile Al. 36602
    Calendar: ACES Consumer Science & Personal Financial Mngt.
    09/11 - Business Bookkeeping/Taxes
  • Repairing Your Credit Score

    Time: 9:00 AM -
    Location: 701 Government St. Mobile Al. 36602
    Calendar: ACES Consumer Science & Personal Financial Mngt.
    09/17 - Repairing Your Credit Score
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Community Engagement, Tourism, and Assistance

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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... 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... 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

​Thursday, November 21, 2013 11:00 am Central … Mr. John Gilbert,  Research Associate, Longleaf... more

Phyllis Peters Presented ACLN Leadership Award for Community Service

 Phyllis Peters, board member and treasurer of Greater Peace Community Development Corporation and retired director of guidance for Opelika High... more

Andrew Young Inspired, Motivated and Challenged Leaders from Across Alabama at ACLN Conference

Community leaders from throughout Alabama, both young and old, were treated to two days of outstanding keynote speakers and workshops... more

Bibb-Chilton Regional Recycling Project Provides New Opportunities for Residents

Residents of Bibb and Chilton counties now have new opportunities to recycle household waste. Thanks to the Bibb-Chilton Regional Recycling... more

ACLN Exceptional Volunteer Award Presented to Catherine Melton Meador for Leadership Marengo and YOUth LEAD

Catherine Melton Meador was presented the Exceptional Volunteer Award by the Alabama Community Leadership Network Oct. 8, in Auburn during... more

ACE 2013 Star Awards Presented at Alabama Community Leadership Network Conference Oct. 8

The Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) presented the 2013 ACE Star Awards at the annual Alabama Community Leadership Network... more


Developing an Agri-Tourism
Attraction in Alabama

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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...