New Agritourism Law Protects Farmers Against Civil Liability

It's almost that time when many people will be heading out to local farms to go on hayrides, go apple-picking, or just tour around the farm, but a new agritourism law has new legal steps to protect farmers from civil liability.

Governor Walker signed the bill in April. The new law is in response to another agritourism law that covered farms utilizing their property for agritourism activities that make less than $2,000 from those activities annually, to not be held liable for any participants injuries or deaths that occur while partaking in those activities. The new law now also covers those farmers making more than $2,000 annually from those activities.

Farms are covered under the law as long as:
1. The participant is injured or killed as a result of a risk inherent in an agricultural tourism activity.
2. The agricultural tourism provider posts and maintains, in a clearly visible location at each entrance to the property where the agricultural tourism activity takes place, or at the location of each agricultural tourism activity, a sign that contains a notice stating the risk of participation in such activities.

"What this means for participants is they are liable for their own actions, so if they don't abide by the laws that the farmer puts out, you know if there's a do not go here or no trespassing sign and they decide to go past that and they get injured, then this law will actually protect the farmers from that," said Marathon County UW Extension Dairy Agent Heather Schlesser.

If you would like more information on the new agritourism law, simply click on this link.

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