Agritourism Site Launched Online
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[February 18, 2008]
URBANA -- A growing segment of Illinois' rural
economy has a new information source, courtesy of University of
Illinois Extension. The "Illinois Agritrourism" site,
http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/agritourism/, was developed by
John Pike, a U of I Extension community and economic development
"Agritourism is a growing segment of the rural economy," he
explained. "Many farm-based agritourism businesses attract
customers directly to the farm gate today, and many more are
being developed. These enterprises market a wide variety of
produce, products and services to a wide variety of consumers."
Increasingly, Pike added, consumers often value the experience
of visiting a farm or rural area as much as the merchandise they
purchase along the way.
Pike defined agritourism as any business activity that brings
the public to a farm or rural setting in an effort to market
farm-raised or produced products or to enjoy related outdoor
"Examples of agritourism include, but are not limited to,
pumpkin patches, berry farms, orchards, wineries, corn mazes,
bed and breakfasts, farm markets, and hunting clubs," he said.
The new online site includes information about resources
available to those considering launching an agritourism
enterprise and links to other helpful sites.
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