Farmers who want to become involved with agricultural tourism will have some liability protections under a bill signed by Governor Walker. According to Steve Peterson, President of the Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association, those visiting a farm will accept the risk of injury.
“The risk is all on the people that come on the property,” he said. “There’s going to be compliance signs will be put at every entrance.”
While visitors will be assuming the risk of injury, Peterson says farmers that intentionally or neglect their operations could still be held liable if a visitor is injured. “This is bill is not a blaket where nobody is going to sue you. You still have to have a safe farm for people to come on.”
Peterson is encouraging all farmers to purchase compliance signs from the Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association.