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Agritourism in Arkansas

Agritourism is any activity, enterprise or business combining elements of agriculture and tourism. Check out the video below to see how our agents helped an Arkansas producer transform a corn field into a maze to attract visitors.

What are the options for converting my farm to an agritourism destination?

Frequently, agritourism provides educational or recreational experiences. It offers visitors something to see, something to do or something to buy. 

The possibilities are limitless, but some common examples include:

  • pumpkin patches
  • Christmas tree farms
  • wineries
  • fee hunting and fishing
  • agricultural festivals  
    and many others. 

Arkansas Agritourism Association

Save the Date

3rd Annual Agritourism Meeting and Conference

  • When: February 22-23, 2021
  • Where: Cooperative Extension Service Headquarters - 2301 S University Ave, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204

Association Objectives

  • Work collaboratively to address issues and challenges facing the agritourism industry.
  • Provide education for agritourism operators and new individuals and entities coming into the industry.
  • Facilitate networking opportunities among agritourism operators, resource providers, and potential markets.
  • Identify market opportunities and support market research.
  • Encourage public policy to support agritourism enterprises.
  • Support marketing efforts and promote the growth of agritourism throughout the state of Arkansas.

Learn more on the Association's Facebook page or read their bylaws.

How can I join the association?

Join the Arkansas Agritourism Association by completing a membership application.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism, and Arkansas Agriculture Department have been providing technical assistance to this group.

Why should I start an agritourism business?

For farmers, benefits include the potential to increase income, identify new customers, lose the middle man, build closer linkages to the nonagricultural business community and raise awareness of and appreciation for agricultural production.

Potential benefits to communities include increased tax base, new employment opportunities, educational opportunities for the public, preservation of rural way of life and economic development that can't be outsourced to other countries.

With any business, there are also risks and challenges. The following resources may help you determine whether agritourism is right for you:

 

Explore Agritourism

  • Agritourism Planning Considerations PDF

  • Natural Resource Enterprises: Diversifying Income and Conservation on Private Lands  PDF
  • Extra Income through Agritourism PDF
  • Reducing Legal Liability for Agricultural Operations PDF
  • Land Accounting and Incorporating Your Business PDF
  • Hicks Family Farms PDF

  • Animal Agritourism  PDF
  • Arkansas MarketMaker: Linking Agricultural Markets PDF
  • Branding Your Farm PDF
  • Legal Protections Against Risk PDF
  • Making Loans that Make Rural Arkansas a Better Place to Live and Work PDF
  • Market Research: High Quality Data and In-depth Analysis for Small Business PDF
  • Protecting Your Agritourism Operation PDF
  • Pumpkin Hollow PDF
  • Signage Programs Administered by the State PDF
  • Social Media and Blogging PDF
  • Using Social Media to Promote Your Business PDF
  • Welcome to Arkansas PDF

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