Georgia House votes to recognize ag tourism

ATLANTA – The state House of Representatives voted to promote “agricultural tourism."

House Bill 1088, sponsored by Rep. Butch Parrish, R-Swainsboro, passed 154-1 with little debate.

The bill would authorize the Department of Agriculture to define and register agricultural tourist attractions, and to work with the Department of Transportation to provide directional signs. Such attractions – everything from wineries to peach-packing plants that offer tours and gift shops – would pay the cost of registration and signage, Parrish said.

“People have got to where they’re doing corn mazes and the like,” he said. “Part of the problem has been getting some directional signage.”

The bill now goes to the Senate.