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March 20, 2013

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Those activities might include seeing how maple syrup is made, shearing sheep or working on a dairy farm and learning about farm animals, for example.

“Agriculture and tourism are major economic drivers, and it’s good to invest interest in our working farms and in the habitats of wildlife,” Logozar said, adding that “birding is a trend.”

She said bird enthusiasts “have money to spend, and they stay a long time” pursuing their passion.

“We’re not creating a huge number of jobs, but we may upgrade a part-time farmer to a full time so they no longer need stay at their other job, which opens it to someone else,” she said.

“We are a tourism destination. It seems like folks are passing through, but we can stop them for awhile,” Logozar said. “There is wonderful culture and rich history, and we’re the food basket of the region.”

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Grant funding is shrinking, and competition for what is left is fierce, which could mean Logozar may be out of a job if the county does not approve the $25,000 in funding.

Under the agri-tourism initiative, Cooperative Extension would engage farmers and attract visitors.

“There is a whole element of risk for the farmer, but if the visitors enjoy it, then it’s a success for the farmer, too, so they enjoy it,” she said.

She said the idea is to promote activities and day trips within a one-hour radius of other destinations like Lake Placid, the Wild Center in Tupper Lake and outdoor Adirondack experiences like hiking, canoeing and bicycling.

“All of the pieces of the quilt are on the table, and we’re just sewing it together,” Logozar said.

Email Denise A. Raymo:draymo@pressrepublican.com

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