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Agritourism Resources

Tourism Extension is advancing knowledge of agritourism’s role in revenue diversification of family farms and revitalization of rural communities. In North Carolina, depressed agricultural revenues and the decline of demand for traditional cash crops like tobacco are encouraging farmers to offer a variety of recreational, educational, and tourism activities to make their finances more resilient. Our experience on the motivations and outcomes of agritourism development among family farms and small landowners is critical to facilitate successful agritourism operations.

Videos & Podcasts

NC Agritourism Resources

NC Agritourism Rules & Regulations

Bona Fide Farming Exempt Status NC General Statute 160D-903(a)

“For purposes of determining whether a property is being used for bona fide farm purposes, any of the following is sufficient evidence that the property is being used for bona fide farm purposes, but other evidence may also be considered:
  1. (A farm sales tax exemption certificate issued by the Department of Revenue.
  2. A copy of the property tax listing showing that the property is eligible for participation in the  present‑use value program  pursuant to G.S. 105‑277.3.
  3.  A copy of the farm owner’s or operator’s Schedule F from the owner’s or operator’s most recent federal income tax return.
  4. Forest management

Agritourism General Statute 99E-30, 99E-32, 99E-31:

Publications & Factsheets

Other Resources

Agritourism Collaborative, University of Vermont:

A How-To Guide for Successful Agritourism Enterprises by Bullen & Wolfe

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) Tribal Agritourism Resource Page

AgrifoodGateway: Horticulture International – Horticulture International (AgriFoodGateway) is the most comprehensive horticulture information database with more than 3,400 technical bulletins from research institutions around the world.

Pick-Your-Own (U-Pick) Marketing [factsheet] by Matt Ernst & Tim Woods, University of Kentucky, CES.

Agritourism Best Management Practices and Plan of Operation  by Dora Ann Hatch; LSU Ag Center – Research and Extension

Western Profiles of Innovating Agricultural Marketing: Examples from Direct Farm Marketing and Agri-Tourism Enterprises for sale from University of Arizona CES

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center Iowa State University & USDA

Center for the Micro Eco-Farming Movement

National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health Safety

Visit NC Wine Marketing Campaign

Zoning and Health Considerations in Agritourism by Lisa Chase, Varna Ramaswamy, Steven Burr, Jascha Zeitlin, Gary Green, & Michael Dougherty Iowa State Univ., Vermont CES, Utah CES, & Wisconsin CES