You Can Walk the Agritourism “Tightrope” at #MACoCon

Learn how counties and the state are balancing the expansion of agritourism against valid land use, infrastructure, and public health concerns at the 2019 MACo Summer Conference.

Walking the Agritourism Tightrope: Balancing Between “Yes” and “No”


Agritourism remains an ongoing challenge for county governments. While counties recognize the value of agritourism in preserving and enhancing traditional farm operations, significant challenges remain over acceptable land uses, infrastructure and building code requirements, and health and safety protections. Panelists will provide an update on how both the state and counties continue to develop and evolve their policies to address agritourism issues.


  • Joseph Bartenfelder, Secretary of Agriculture, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Lucille Walker, Chair, Coalition of Maryland Heritage Areas and Executive Director, Southern Maryland Heritage Area
  • Kevin Atticks, Founder and CEO, Grow & Fortify


The Honorable Charles Otto, Maryland House of Delegates

Date & Time: Thursday, August 15, 2019; 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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