- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)6
- Perryville family organizing bone-marrow drive Friday for ailing 6-year-old boy (4/26/17)
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)1
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- Temptations bassist dies after Cape Girardeau show (4/26/17)2
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Cape couple turns their home into cozy, comfortable music venue (4/24/17)
- State Supreme Court rules against congressman's mother in dog-kennel defamation case (4/27/17)1
- Sikeston man charged in shooting death of Cape man (4/23/17)
Farms and tourists
At first glance, a conference to promote agritourism sounds like an event that could only be dreamed up by government bureaucracy.
But at today's third annual Agriculture Tourism Conference (5 p.m. at the Clinton Building in Sikeston, Mo.) there will be several examples of how farms already are boosting the local economy thanks to tourism.
Begg's Family Farm in Scott County, for example, has a popular cornfield maze and also attracts duck hunters. A six-county area in Southeast Missouri is a pilot site for the Missouri Regional Cuisines project. The annual Tour do Corn bicycle race in East Prairie, Mo., attracts a large number of cyclists.
Flat prices for farm commodities make alternative methods of making money all the more attractive to farmers. Anything that will boost both farms and tourism shouldn't be considered strange. It should be welcomed.