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As the weather cools across the United States, a growing number of Americans want to visit farms. They harvest apples, enjoy hay wagon rides and walk in the fields. These people are called “agri-tourists.” They improve the economy of rural areas and help farmers increase their profits. Montpelier Farms is in Prince George’s County, Maryland, about 40 kilometers from the White House. On a recent day, some schoolchildren from Bowie, Maryland, visited the farm. They walked through a corn field maze. The corn was cut to create tricky passageways that make it difficult to find a way out. Their teacher said the visit teaches the children about life on a farm. When Mike Dunn opened the family farm to agri-tourists in 2008 he had only a corn maze, a pumpkin field and hay wagon rides. But he says so many people visited that he soon increased the activities. He says agro-tourism now brings in 30 percent of the Montpelier’s earnings. But, the farmer says, he would like to double that. In neighboring Virginia, there are farms where grapes are grown to make wine. Many of the farms let people visit, and drink the wine that is made there. Bill Hatch owns the Zephaniah Farm Vineyard in Loudon County. He holds wine tastings in his home. At nearby WeatherLea Farm and Vineyard, visitors can also get married. And the couple can stay the night at the winery as well. Owner Malcolm Baldwin says the money he makes from these activities lets him keep his small farm operating. In total, visitors spent more than $700 million on agri-tourism activities in the United States in 2012.