Upcoming Events:

  • Small Business Workshop - Session 3

    Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Chamber of Commerce, 1001 Earl Hilliard Rd, Camden
    Calendar: ACES Consumer Science & Personal Financial Mngt.
    10/31 - Small Business Workshop - Session 3
  • Small Business Workshop - Session 4

    Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location: Chamber of Commerce, 1001 Earl Hilliard Rd, Camden
    Calendar: ACES Consumer Science & Personal Financial Mngt.
    10/31 - Small Business Workshop - Session 4
  • Holiday Napkin Folding and Tablescapes Workshop

    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: 504 First Avenue, Clanton, AL 35045
    Calendar: ACES Consumer Science & Personal Financial Mngt.
    11/05 - Holiday Napkin Folding and Tablescapes Workshop
  • Choctaw County Health Fair

    Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Location: 401 Vanity Fair Drive, Butler, AL 36904
    Calendar: ACES Human Nutrition Diet & Health
    11/07 - Choctaw County Health Fair
  • The Changing Face of Aging

    Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Location: Jon Archer Agriculture Ctr. 1070 Schillinger Rd, No.
    Calendar: ACES Consumer Science & Personal Financial Mngt.
    11/12 - The Changing Face of Aging
  • Alabama Certified Crop Advisor Training

    Time: 1:00 PM -
    Location: AU Beef Cattle Unit
    Calendar: ACES Commercial Horticulture
    12/02 - Alabama Certified Crop Advisor Training
  • Estate Planning

    Time: 9:00 AM -
    Location: Pell City Civic Center, 2801 Stemley Bridge Rd., Pell City
    Calendar: ACES Consumer Science & Personal Financial Mngt.
    12/10 - Estate Planning
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Community Engagement, Tourism, and Assistance

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Outstanding Speakers at Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference

The 2014 Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference is set for Oct. 20-22 in Greenwood, Mississippi. with key speakers to discuss ways... 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... 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


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...