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  • 13 Oct 2020 2:30 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 2:30 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
    WCAX-TV
    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
    WBRC-TV
    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.


  • 18 Aug 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wisconsin's largest drive-thru offers up state fair staples
    Gazette Xtra
    The swine, goat and cow barns are empty, the SkyGlider idle and the hucksters touting newfangled mops, cleaning agents, knives and cookware are nowhere to be found. Thankfully, there are a few familiar smells sans manure that are bringing State Fair Park partially back to life and helping restore a slice of normalcy to an abnormal summer. With the Wisconsin State Fair and most other county fairs around the state canceled, the Fair Food Drive-Thru is providing a calorie-packed, artery-clogging alternative to add to our COVID-19 waistlines.

  • 11 Aug 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Consider glamping to diversify income from your scenic pastures
    Cornell Small Farms Program
    In the early 2000's, I had the joy of spending a memorable 4 days with Bill Burrows, a 6th-generation rancher and Holistic Management practitioner from Northern California. Bill told us the story of how his family very nearly lost the ranch in the 1980's when the bottom fell out of the cattle market, and how a change in his thinking helped them recover, by developing multiple new enterprises, including hosting small groups of guests for weekend-long hunting expeditions.

  • 5 Aug 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Farms innovate fresh models for COVID-19 agritourism
    Mountain Xpress
    Picking baskets of blueberries, gathering armfuls of sunflowers and getting personal with sociable goats are all normal summertime activities in Western North Carolina. Many of the area's small farms depend on welcoming the public for tours, dinners, U-pick adventures, workshops and overnight stays as a fundamental income stream.

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