- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia University Extension Service is surveying agritourism operators to getter a better sense of how a growing segment of the nation’s farm economy is doing in the state.

The survey wants to know what type of agritourism can be found in West Virginia, its economic impact and the challenges agritourism operators face. The survey will also seek ideas for support programs.

Agritourism encompasses many farm activities, including corn mazes, hay rides, pick-your-own operations and roadside produce stands.

Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick says the survey is aimed at learning the needs of the industry and to demonstrate the economic impact of agritourism.

The survey is a collaborative effort between the WVU Extension Service, West Virginia State University and the Department of Agriculture.


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