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  • 3 Nov 2020 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Horry County farms are 'thinking outside the box' to recover from economic downturn
    The South Carolina Department of Agriculture Agritourism Marketing Specialist points out: If a farm relied heavily on school field trips in the spring, things were hard economically, and may still be. Thompson Farm in Conway, South Carolina, is working to bounce back after losing all of their income from the spring to now.

  • 27 Oct 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Agritourism adapts: Farms make COVID adjustments
    Farms across the country have made safety adjustments to adapt to COVID-19 this year. The NAFDMA International Agritourism Association hosted a virtual roundtable to discuss changes being made. "The biggest thing we decided was to have increased hand-washing and sanitation stations," said Jeanne Johnson, operations manager at Johnson Farms in Belton, Missouri.

  • 20 Oct 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Agritourism farms push through the pandemic
    Ohio's Country Journal
    Though there have been many challenges for agritourism in Ohio during the pandemic, it has also become very clear consumers are willing to support small, local businesses, and they're looking for a reason to get out of the house. With strong local support, agritourism like Heban's Field of Dreams and Riehm Produce Farm were able to weather the storm of 2020.

  • 13 Oct 2020 1:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Comfort levels going to public places creeping up
    White Hutchinson
    The percent of adults who most recently said they are very or somewhat comfortable going to different out-of-home public activities is now creeping up since lows around in August. Going out to eat currently has the highest comfort level for adults at 40%. Going to a museum ranks the highest of different entertainment and art venues at 28%.

  • 6 Oct 2020 1:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eastern Iowa couple draw thousands to alpaca farm
    AgriNews via The Associated Press
    From a distance, on the hilltops, brown, tan and gray shapes can be spotted combing through the tall, green grass. The furry livestock isn't the typical animal found on most farms in the Midwest, but a herd of woolly alpacas lazily grazes the hundreds of acres at Irish Meadows Alpaca Farm.

  • 29 Sep 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    In Cambria, New York, marketing and a corn maze meet
    The Buffalo News
    When Leanna Ohol saw the special logo Evans Bank created for its 100th anniversary, she had a reaction others didn't: That would make a great corn maze. After planning and planting, the bank's logo has appeared inside a 12-acre field in the Town of Cambria. And Evans has a memorable way to celebrate its centennial.

  • 22 Sep 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vermont agritourism moves online
    Vermont agritourism is going digital. The UVM Extension had to postpone its first international workshop until next August. Hundreds of experts were expected to attend. So, instead, it is hosting a virtual series of conversations with farmers from around the world. UVM Extension Professor Lisa Chase says Vermont's working landscape is essential for both Vermont's rural and urban areas, and many people aren't able to have those experiences where they live.

  • 15 Sep 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Agritourism businesses hopeful for a bump in attendance this fall
    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many entertainment venues and typical family activities to be canceled this year and Alabama's agritourism industry is no exception. But as students and parents continue to be stuck inside their homes for school and work, farmers are optimistic for this year's fall season. "People are going to be hesitant to think about where they should go, but I can't think of a more safe, wholesome and educational opportunity than going out to an agritourism operation in the state," Hunter McBrayer told ADN.

  • 8 Sep 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    U-pick farms growing to be great escape from pandemic
    Growing Produce
    The mom from nearby Columbus, Ohio, looked up from the "Nova" red raspberry bush she and her young boys had just picked clean. With 6 feet separating her and the owner of Champaign Berry Farm, she shared a bucketful of gratitude through her cloth face mask: "We've been coming here the last four or five years, and I was SO glad to hear you were open this year."

  • 1 Sep 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Farm outings could change amid COVID-19 pandemic
    The Center Square Illinois
    The COVID-19 pandemic has nudged a lot of people out to farms to buy produce and meat directly from farmers. Michelle Sirles of Rendleman Orchards in Union County, Illinois, said she noticed more traffic from visitors this spring. It is a trend that farms have been trying to encourage.

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