In the midst of a summer reaching record temperatures and with much of the state having experienced exceptional drought, Arkansas agriculture tourism, or agritourism, is pushing on despite challenges.

Agritourism is a $4.1 billion industry engaging more than 250 Arkansas farms. According to Stacey McCullough, a community and economic development instructor for the University of Arkansas System Division, it’s especially important for the small farmers.

“Agritourism has helped the small and middle size farms increase their income and allows them to stay in business,” she said.