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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

2nd Annual Agritourism Meeting and Conference

  • When: February 19, 2020 at 8:30 AM - 4 PM
  • Where: Cooperative Extension Service Headquarters - 2301 S University Ave, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
  • Training Focus: Agritourism Safety 

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:

 

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