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Sponsorship: 2024 Michigan Agritourism Summit

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Hagerty Center
715 E Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49686

If you’re a Michigan farmer, municipal official, agritourism business or other community leader with an interest in rural entrepreneurship and economic development, this groundbreaking event is for you. The intent is to share information and best practices while cultivating conversation and communication. We are convening stakeholders to help identify and solidify viable operating practices that benefit all.

What is agritourism?
Agritourism encompasses entertainment and leisure experiences that contribute to a healthy lifestyle, strong family values and quality of life. Agritourism also focuses
on finding the best route to encourage rural and regional economic development while preserving the landscape of each location. Agritourism cultivates strong local communities by connecting the tradition and heritage of area’s inhabitants with the best options for economic growth.

Who is agritourism?
Breweries - Christmas Tree Farms - Cideries - Corn Mazes - Creameries - Distilleries - Farm Markets - Farm Stay - Farm-to-Table Restaurants - Festivals & Events - Harvest Dinner - Hayrides - Living History Farms - Maple Sugaring - Meaderies - Pumpkin Patches - U-Pick Orchards & Farms - Wineries

Opportunities and Challenges
Agritourism is a proven benefit for small farm viability. Agritourism can be a positive revenue tool or intensive and destructive of rural character. Agritourism may produce
conflicts between local residents and farm-based enterprises in agricultural districts. Local government can address agritourism opportunities and protection of health, welfare and safety of local residents through balanced local zoning. Agritourism can be a positive revenue tool or intensive and destructive of rural character. These trends are colliding and threatening the economy and culture of rural Michigan.

The 2024 Agritourism Summit is an excellent opportunity to showcase your organization and its support and commitment to Michigan farmers and rural communities. Your generous support will help bring educations sessions and allow for critical networking with industry stakeholders. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Those interested in sponsoring the 2024 Agritourism Summit 
can choose one of the following sponsorships:
$500 - Seed Sponsor
$1,000 - Plant Sponsor
$2,500 - Grow Sponsor
$3,500 - Harvest Sponsor

Details regarding sponsoring can be found by downloading the sponsorship packet below. 


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

If you’re interested in more information about these opportunities or have any questions, please contact Jennifer Berkey at