West Virginia Agritourism Initiative

West Virginia
Agritourism Initiative

Combining Agriculture, Economics and Education on your Farm

Helping local farmers create and profit from farm-based tourism opportunities is the idea behind WVU Extension Service’s new Agritourism Initiative – a training program for aspiring and beginning agritourism operators.

With the help of a $30,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, WVU and industry experts will engage participants in a series of four, day-long training sessions in areas like risk-management, marketing, hospitality management and business collaborations.


Classes are limited to 20 participants and registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Northern Region
Dates: Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 10 and Feb. 7
Location: WVU Agricultural Sciences Building in Morgantown

Southern Region
Dates: Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 17 and Feb. 14
Location: Emma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beaver

Online Course
Dates: Jan. 15 to March 30
A third course option is available online. Participants in the online session work at their own pace to complete the course.


Cost of the entire course is $40 and includes course materials, meals and snacks.

A spring capstone trip to Raleigh, North Carolina will be available to a limited number of participants who complete the course. Participants are responsible for paying for their lodging and some meals. Transportation and admissions fees are covered by grant funds.


Participants who successfully complete the course requirements are eligible for certification as a West Virginia Agritourism Initiative Business.


Register online

Deadline to apply is Wed., Oct. 15.


  • WVU Extension Service
  • West Virginia Department of Agriculture
  • West Virginia Division of Tourism
  • West Virginia State University


Doolarie Singh-Knights, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Agricultural Economics
West Virginia University