Counties Support Agritourism Definition Expansion

On February 16, 2022, Associate Policy Director Dominic Butchko submitted testimony to the House Environment and Transportation Committee in support of HB 673 – Land Use – Agritourism – Definition. This bill alters the definition of “agritourism” to include special events and occasions conducted on a farm that generates income from an agricultural activity.

From the MACo testimony

Agritourism is becoming a strong force for economic development in nearly all corners of Maryland. Recent advancements in the agricultural industry have led to new methods for generating revenue, while also preserving the core of what it means to be a farmer. Agritourism gives small farms⎯many of which have been in the same family for generations⎯a chance to increase revenue and potentially maintain the family business for generations ahead.

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