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VA SWCD Present

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Cora Gnegy

on 14 December 2017

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Transcript of VA SWCD Present

Partners in Tourism
Current Roles:
Agritourism Consulting
Converging Issues:
Agritourism & Ecotourism
Agritourism
as defined by Virginia Tech & Virginia Cooperative Extension Service: any activity carried out on a farm or ranch that allows members of the general public, for recreational, entertainment, or educational purposes, to view or enjoy rural activities, including farming, wineries, ranching, historical, cultural, harvest-your-own activities, or natural activities and attractions.
Utilizing for Educational Means
Our Parts in the Process
Sing, travel, explore...
Strasburg High School Graduate
[Lord Fairfax District]
State Envirothon Team Member [Strasburg High FFA & Shenandoah County 4-H]
James Madison University Graduate
[Shenandoah Valley District]
Virginia Tech Graduate
[Skyline District]
Tourism Marketing Director
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gnegyca/
All About Me:
Family Farm- Shenandoah County
Economics
Lifestyle
Viability
Sustainability
https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/agritourism.html
Ecotourism
is preserving environmentally threatened resources by generating an economic incentive to sustain these areas.
https://aaec.vt.edu/content/dam/aaec_vt_edu/people/faculty/URLs/rrba-econ-impacts.pdf
Impact?
Ag & Forestry $91 billion
30% increase
Agritourism $2.2 billion
22,000 jobs
Collaborative Efforts
Contests
Mentorships
Scholarship
Camps
Non-traditional Partners

Use Agritourism & Ecotourism Operations to continue the mission of SWCDs.
THANK YOU!
Together we can continue to raise awareness, educate, conserve, & improve our communities.
From VAFB Magazine: For 2016 (compared to a similar study from 2013)
From VT Study release by Governor: For 2016
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