Organizations Supporting Agritourism
Revised October 2023
Agritourism associations, resources and networks, and other related organizations can provide benefits for farmers and ranchers wishing to diversify their operations. Such associations often provide information and resources, and can prove helpful in three general ways. First, these associations can provide an advertising outlet for your business through websites, brochures, and other media. For example, many associations maintain websites that market attractions in a geographic area or map driving routes to participating farms, ranches, and other agritourism sites. Second, these groups can provide an opportunity to network, interact, and learn from others who are involved in similar businesses. This enables farmers/ranchers to build upon the experiences of others in similar ventures. Third, these provide information on trainings, conferences, trends, and recent research.
Following is a listing of some of the agritourism and related associations, networks, and websites specifically developed for agritourism businesses in order to directly meet identified needs related to marketing their businesses. In addition, there are governmental, non-governmental, and university organizations dedicated to assisting in the development and marketing of agritourism.
Tour Operations and Online Guides
Government Resources and Assistance Organizations
- Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), USDA - The AMS includes six commodity programs: cotton, dairy, fruit and vegetable, livestock and seed, poultry and tobacco. The programs employ specialists who provide standardization, grading and market news services for those commodities.
- Alternative Farming Systems Information, USDA.
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
- Farmers Markets, AMS, USDA - Facts and profiles on farmers' markets.
- Agritourism and Farm Tours, USDA
- National Agricultural Law Center - Agricultural Reading Room - A comprehensive resource on agritourism containing major statutes, case law and research publications.
- National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts hundreds of surveys every year and prepares reports covering virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture.
- National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD)
- National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service provides information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educator, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.
- North American Agricultural Marketing Officials
- Regional Rural Development Centers - These centers link universities with local decision-makers to address rural development issues.