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Agritourism Research and Extension Collaborative honored with USDA NIFA National Partnership Award

Congratulations to members of the Agritourism Research and Extension Collaborative, who were recognized with a 2023 USDA NIFA Partnership Award for their multi-state work advancing agritourism! The award honors the collective efforts of a network of individuals that spans more than a dozen states at 11 Land-Grant Universities, and two community partner organizations who collaborated on several projects to advance agritourism nationally.

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New Publication from National Extension Tourism Network Highlights Opportunities for Extension in Outdoor Recreation Economies

Outdoor Recreation is a growing sector of the U.S. economy, and building the recreation economy in the U.S. has been identified as one of the USDA’s top priorities . Recreation economies are intertwined with multiple community domains, and therefore pose an opportunity for the Cooperative Extension System, which is uniquely positioned to assist communities with […]

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Webinar: Accessibility in Rural Tourism and Agritourism

Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. ET — This National Extension Tourism (NET) webinar will focus on accessibility in rural tourism and agritourism and will feature speakers Rupa Valdez and Claire Wellbeloved-Stone from the Blue Trunk Foundation. Co-hosted by NERCRD.

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National Extension Agritourism Working Group Meeting

January 10, 2024 at 2pm ET: Join the Agritourism Working Group of the National Extension Tourism Network (NET) for a facilitated discussion about sharing resources and building partnerships. This virtual gathering is an important step for developing a national network of agritourism service providers and a central location for housing the latest research and best resources.

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2023 NET Conference upholds tradition of seeding new connections and collaborations

More than 80 members of the National Extension Tourism network (NET) gathered in Milwaukee, WI, in September for four days of networking, learning, and experiencing greater Milwaukee. NERCRD staff provide support to the conference planning team, and participated in several presentations and workshops.

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International Workshop on Agritourism 2022 Conference Proceedings

The International Workshop on Agritourism (IWA) 2022 Conference Proceedings is intended to increase access to the scholarship that was shared during the three-day conference, which was hosted by University of Vermont Extension in Burlington, Vermont, USA, on August 30 – September 1, 2022. It contains 27 peer-reviewed papers. NERCRD staff provided editorial, project management, and graphic design support to this effort.

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The NET Effect: Members of the National Extension Tourism Network Help Raise the Bar in Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation

This 57-page publication is available here as a Flipping Book or here as a PDF (6.8MB). It contains eight case studies that explore innovative Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant work in sustainable tourism and outdoor recreation. It features work being done in Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia.

The magazine is an outcome of a partnership of the National Extension Tourism (NET) design team, the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD), and the New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) grant program.

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