New Law Provides Greater Liability Protection On Your Farm

This notice is courtesy Washington State Farm Bureau

Do you allow the public onto your farm?

A new law may provide increased liability protection for you.

We have exciting news to share with you regarding a new law approved this year by the state Legislature that provides additional liability protections for farmers who allow members of the public to visit their farms.

While Senate Bill 5808 provides new liability protection to agritourism professionals who provide recreational, entertainment or educational opportunities for the public "to view or enjoy rural activities" on their land.

The scope of these activities is broadly defined, and may very well apply to you. These activities include:

  • Farming
  • Ranching
  • Historic, cultural and on-site educational programs
  • Recreational farming programs that may include on-site hospitality services
  • Guided and self-guided tours
  • Petting zoos
  • Farm festivals
  • Corn mazes
  • Harvest-your-own operations
  • Hayrides
  • Barn parties
  • Horseback riding
  • Fishing
  • Camping

The new law states the agritourism professional "is not liable for injury, loss, damage, or death of a participant resulting exclusively from any of the inherent risks of agritourism activities", with certain exceptions.

The bill also states that no participant or participant's representative may pursue an action or recover from an agritourism professional for injury, loss, damage, or death of the participant resulting exclusively from any of the inherent risks of agritourism activities. Again, some exceptions do apply.

This new law went into effect on July 23, 2017. To read the new law, click here. To read a description about the new law, click here.

To benefit from this new liability protection, you must post a sign with the exact language shown in the sample above.

The signs must be posted in a clearly visible location at the entrance to your farm or agritourism business and at the site of each agritourism activity.

To help you access these signs in time for this fall's activities, WA Farm Bureau is making signs available that are 3' X 4'.

You can also show this email to your local printer or sign maker and have them made locally. However, we believe our bulk-order price will be far cheaper than what you will be able to find on an individual order.

These signs are available in a high-quality polycarbonate plastic.

Prices for these signs:
WA Farm Bureau Members - $30
Non-Members - $40

Please Note
The Washington Farm Bureau will place the bulk order for the signs once we have received commitment for at least 250 signs. So don't delay - order your signs today.

We will not process your check or credit card payment until we have received requests for at least 250 signs and the bulk order is placed with the printer.

Although shipping can be arranged, it's expensive. To save you that expense and for your convenience, we're establishing convenient pick-up sites around the state.

Questions - Contact Tom Davis at tdavis@wsfb.com.

We must receive your order form by August 21 - Order Today!

To place your order, click here to print the order form, fill it out and mail or email your completed order form to:

Washington Farm Bureau
Attn: Jenni Budde
975 Carpenter Road NE
Lacey, WA 98516

or

jbudde@wsfb.com