Not Your Grandfather’s Farm: Tapping into Agritourism

The world is changing, and with it, the business model around agriculture.

Maryland has recently seen a growing number of farms embrace agritourism as a new innovative part of their business. But this new revenue generator has brought with it just as many challenges as opportunities. County leaders and farmers need to work together to redefine the future of farming.

At the MACo Winter Conference session, “Not Your Grandfather’s Farm: Tapping into Agritourism,” an expert panel will discuss agritourism, its opportunities, challenges, and future.

Not Your Grandfather’s Farm: Tapping into Agritourism 

Description: Agriculture is evolving, and one of the fastest-growing businesses in this sector is agritourism. Food trucks, wineries and breweries, event venues, and fall festivals are new and exciting elements for a modern farmer’s business model, but they all come with challenges related to public health. Local governments must balance a variety of interests by both supporting these economic development efforts and keeping the public safe. Attend this session to learn more about the challenges, opportunities, and best practices in growing agritourism in your region. 


  • Amy G. Moredock, CFM, Planning Director, Queen Anne’s County 
  • Bob Mitchell, Director of Environmental Programs, Worcester County 
  • Colby Ferguson, MD Farm Bureau 
  • Kevin Atticks, CEO, Grow & Fortify 

Moderator: The Honorable MC Keegan-Ayer, Council President, Frederick County 

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 8, 2021; 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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