UT plans update of decade-old agritourism survey

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- With agritourism taking root at farms across the state, the University of Tennessee Extension's Center for Profitable Agriculture plans to update a decade-old survey on the industry.

The 2003 survey included responses from 48 percent of Tennessee's agriculture operations.

The Center for Profitable Agriculture's Megan Bruch told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that 68 percent of respondents included agritourism in their operations.

Common attractions included retail markets, farm tours, pick-your-own farms and petting zoos.

Many farmers earned $25,000 or less a year from their agritourism operations, but 15 percent made more than $100,000. At the time, total projected revenue from agritourism was more than $21 million.

Bruch said updating the survey will help quantify agritourism's standing in Tennessee. She expects to see larger numbers for visitors and sales.


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