W.Va. Agritourism Initiative uses WVU resources to help local farmers profit from new opportunities

Posted: October 21, 2014

West Virginia University Extension Service’s new Agritourism Initiative aims to help local farmers create and profit from farm-based tourism opportunities. With the help of a $30,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, WVU and industry experts will engage participants in a series of four, day-long training sessions in areas like risk management, marketing, hospitality management and business collaborations.

"Farmers are exploring agritourism and farm-based education as an opportunity to help diversify farm income and improve cash flows," said Dee Singh-Knights, a WVU Extension Service agricultural economics specialist and Northeast Center Scholar. "The challenge is the lack of education-specific resources and expertise to help them effectively evaluate this new opportunity."

Read the full announcement here.