SDSU Extension & Partners Form the South Dakota Agritourism Work Group

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Recently SDSU Extension and partners formed a South Dakota Agritourism Work Group to explore opportunities to encourage, promote and support agritourism across South Dakota. In addition to SDSU Extension, the other partners include: the South Dakota Dept. of Tourism, South Dakota Dept. of Agriculture, South Dakota Value Added Agriculture Development Center, South Dakota Specialty Producers, Southeast Tech and USDA Rural Development.

“Is agritourism a good fit for South Dakota?” asked Peggy Schlechter, SDSU Extension community vitality field specialist. “I think there are opportunities South Dakota’s agriculture producers should explore that may increase their business profits.”

She goes on to list several facts to support the suggestion:

  • Agriculture is our top industry.
  • According to the SD Department of Agriculture website, agriculture generates 20 percent of our state’s economic activity, with an economic impact of $25.6 billion each year.
  • The SD Department of Tourism website shares that visitor spending generated $6.2 billion in total business sales in 2017.

“For our state, those are big numbers and it might make sense to find opportunities to combine the two industries,” she said.

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