MACo Winter Conference: Growing Agritourism

Agriculture experts discuss the growth of Agritourism in Maryland and what it means for small farm-based businesses.

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. Attendees learned about the challenges, opportunities, and best practices in growing agritourism in your region. 

The future of agriculture is changing in Maryland. The meaning of being a farmer and what businesses we now find on farms are adjusting to fit a 21st-century economy. As businesses evolve it is critical that regulations, at both the state and county level, keep up the times we live in.

Speakers: 

  • 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

 

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