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Agritourism in South Dakota






For Immediate Release:  October 30, 2018

Media Contact:  Maggie Stensaas, 605.773.4073

 

Agritourism in South Dakota
By Dustin Oedekoven, Interim South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture

 

Fall is a fun time of year, filled with hometown football games, changing leaves, and of course, harvest festivals. These festivals can be found all across South Dakota, from Spearfish to Harrisburg, showcasing agriculture to those who want to create fun family memories by picking their own pumpkins, going on hayrides, finding their way through a corn maze and so much more.

 

With so many uncertainties in agriculture today, many producers are diversifying by adding an agritourism component to their operation. In fact from 2007 to 2012, the value of agritourism grew to $704 million, an increase of 24% nationwide. Along with additional on-farm income, agritourism can help family members remain in the business or even provide an opportunity for others to return to the operation.

 

The options available to producers looking at agritourism as part of their business model are varied, but all have the potential to connect consumers with agriculture. Agritourism offers many opportunities to interact one-on-one with those who buy the food we grow and raise.

 

In addition to creating opportunities for producers and consumers, agritourism can also help revitalize local communities. When more people come to the area to take part in the activities agritourism offers, they may also stop at the local gas station to fill up their car or grab lunch at the local eatery. All of which helps bolster the local economy.

 

I can’t think of a better place than right here in South Dakota to capitalize on this new opportunity. For more information about agritourism in our state or to join the Agritourism Work Group for the latest updates and help starting agritourism on your operation, contact Jacey Jessop with the South Dakota Department of Tourism at 605.773.3301 or jacey.jessop@travelSouthDakota.com or an agricultural development representative with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture at 605.773.5436.

 

*OEDEKOVEN (OH’ dih koh ven)

 

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