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 Ag Tourism
Ag tourism is the marriage between two of Alberta's top industries - agriculture and tourism. It presents the consumer or tourist with an opportunity to engage in a direct exchange of values between themselves and the farm community - whether it is at a farmers' market, on a farm tour, at an agriculture festival or fair, or at a country vacation farm or market garden. Ag tourism is a collection of ag-based attractions, events and services:
  • Attractions
  • Heritage farms and ranches
  • Farm recreation and visits
  • Ag industry tours
  • Events
  • Festivals
  • Fairs
  • Rodeos
  • Conferences/trade shows
  • Horse and livestock shows
  • Services
  • Tour operators
  • Retail
  • Food and beverage
  • Accommodation

Cluster Development
A cluster is a group of like-minded stakeholders and operators who come together to increase the profile for their operations and geographic area, along an ag tourism theme. Cluster development is an internationally recognized economic development process. We know that the ag tourism industry in Alberta can benefit from this process by using agriculture as a theme to link dispersed operators. Through cluster partnerships ag tourism operators can: access new markets, boost profile and awareness, and increase the overall appeal and draw to a region - ultimately resulting in increased profits.

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry factsheets and resources:
  • School Tours Calculator: This online calculator is a budget for organizing on-farm school tours. The income and expense figures you will come up with when completing this calculator are projections based on experiences supplied by several farms that operate school tours. Please read the fact sheet, School Tour Decision Making Tool, for information on a school tour enterprise before completing the online calculator. It will help you understand what choices best fit your situation.
  • Corn Maze Calculator: This online calculator is a budget for building and operating a corn maze. The income and expense figures you will come up with when completing this calculator are projections based on experiences supplied by several farms that operate corn mazes. Refer to the factsheet, Corn Maze Decision Making Tool, for information on a corn maze enterprise before completing the online calculator. It will help you understand what choices best fit your situation.
  • Don’t Fence Me In: An idealetter for those providing a cowboy experience.
      • Don't Fence Me In Idealetter, Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 2009 (PDF 714KB)
      • Don't Fence Me In Idealetter, Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2008 (PDF 625 KB)
      • Don't Fence Me In Idealetter, Volume 1, Issue 1, Winter 2007 (PDF 494 KB)

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This information published to the web on October 18, 2013.
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