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Exploring Regional Patterns of Agritourism in the U.S.: What's Driving Clusters of Enterprises?

  • Anders Van Sandt, Sarah A. Low and Dawn Thilmany
Abstract

Agritourism is a consumer-driven innovation that producers are exploring as a means to diversify and grow farm-based revenues. In order to help guide management and policy decisions, we conduct an exploratory spatial data analysis and find that travel infrastructure, region and rurality, characteristics of the local economy, and proximity to outdoor attractions are all significantly associated with the probability of a county being an agritourism hot spot. Mapping our primary spatial analysis’ residuals, we further identify counties with unique agritourism market conditions as a starting point to identify best practices that other regions interested in agritourism development might follow.

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Correspondence: Anders Van Sandt ■ Colorado State UniversityB320 ClarkFort CollinsCO 80523-1172 ■ Phone 970.491.7220 ■ Email anders.vansandt@gmail.com
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The authors would like to thank the support of the Colorado Experiment Station in this research. This project was graciously sponsored by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative grant #2014-68006-21824, titled “Place-Based Innovation: An Integrated Look at Agritourism in the Western U.S.” The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Economic Research Service or USDA.

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