Businesses in Door and Kewaunee Counties are cashing in on agricultural tourism. According to the National Agricultural Law Center, agricultural tourism can be as complex as a farm tour or as simple as cutting down a Christmas tree or picking an apple. It can also be a big moneymaker for operations struggling with low commodity prices as agricultural tourism generated over $12 million in revenue in 2012, nearly double what it did in 2007. Isabella Haen organizes tours of Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee, hosting hundreds of people every month from not just across the region, but around the world. She says people are taking an interest in how their food is made.
Businesses across the state will celebrate Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Day on September 20th with a variety of activities, including free tours at Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy with reservations.