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Agritourism hearing set at UC Davis

By From page A5 | January 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD — An examination of agritourism in California will occur Jan. 23 at the University of California, Davis.

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, who heads the Assembly Select Committee on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, will conduct the 2 p.m. hearing at UC Davis in King Hall, Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, Room 1001.

“As more Californians become interested in locally sourced food, the desire for more interaction with growers and farmers also increases,” Yamada said in a news release. “Farmers are responding by seeking new and innovative ways to include attractions like corn mazes, pumpkin patches and wine tasting, but legal issues surrounding these activities remain.”

Agritourism is any commercial enterprise on a working farm or ranch created for the enjoyment or education of visitors and generates supplemental income for the owner, she said. Activities may include farm stands or shops, fairs, festivals, winery weddings, youth camps, hunting or fishing.

The hearing will explore obstacles encountered in establishing agritourism destinations and explore opportunities for state and local governments to assist farmers, the assemblywoman said. Panelists include leaders of the University of California Small Farm Program, Solano-Yolo Farmbudsman Michelle Stephens and farmers who have added agritourism elements to their farms.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. Call 916-319-2004 for more information on the hearing.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy

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