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Posted on: January 12, 2023

Pierce County Agriculture Advisory Committee

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Meeting time:
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Allmendinger Center, WSU – Puyallup campus
2606 W Pioneer Ave
Puyallup, WA 98371

 An invitation for Pierce County farmers to state your agritourism needs.

The Agricultural Advisory Committee will dedicate its February 2023, meeting to hearing about agritourism from farmers in Pierce County. The public comment section of the meeting will be expanded with the express intent of hearing from all who attend about their needs as it pertains to implementing agritourism.

Land use, zoning, permitting, County codes, promotions, advertising, liability, etc. What are your specific needs that will help you achieve your agritourism goals?

Please attend the meeting and inform the Committee and County Council on the issues that impact your agritourism efforts.

Agritourism:

Agritourism is a form of commercial enterprise that links agricultural production and/or processing with tourism to attract visitors onto a farm, ranch, or other agricultural business for the purposes of entertaining or educating the visitors while generating income for the farm, ranch, or business owner.

Importance of Agritourism

Agritourism presents a unique opportunity to combine aspects of the tourism and agriculture industries to provide several financial, educational, and social benefits to tourists, producers, and communities. Agritourism gives producers an opportunity to generate additional income and an avenue for direct marketing to consumers. It enhances the tourism industry by increasing the volume of visitors to an area and the length of their stay. Agritourism also provides communities with the potential to increase their local tax bases and new employment opportunities. Additionally, agritourism provides educational opportunities to the public, helps to preserve agricultural lands, and allows states to develop business enterprises. While agritourism may create new potential revenue streams, it also presents new legal issues for farmers and landowners.

The Pierce County Agriculture Advisory Committee (established 2017)

The Pierce County Council finds that agriculture is an important segment of Pierce County's economy and that it is appropriate and necessary to establish a Pierce County Agriculture Advisory Committee to ensure that the Pierce County Council is well informed on issues of significance to the agricultural community. The Committee will provide recommendations to the Pierce County Council on issues that impact agriculture in Pierce County and will provide a forum for those interested in enhancing and promoting the long-term success of agriculture in Pierce County.

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