An improving economic climate and clearer state guidelines about agritourism have fueled an uptick in tourism events on farmland in Central Oregon.
The Bend Bulletin reports that in 2010 and 2011, Deschutes County received just one permit application for events and other commercial activities from rural landowners. Since 2012, it has received 65 such permit requests.
More than a dozen of the permit applications sought permission for things such as annual horse shows and music festivals on Tumalo farm properties and wine-tasting events in Terrebonne.
County and state officials say a pair of Oregon laws implemented in 2012 is partly responsible for the increase. The changes open up more opportunities for recreation on farmland.
Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com