Pa. State Grange encouraged by agri-tourism bill

Pennsylvania State Grange

Similar laws have already been enacted in other states, including in neighboring Ohio

The Pennsylvania State Grange was delighted to see a sponsorship memo circulated by freshman state Rep. Barb Gleim, R-Cumberland, on limiting farmers’ liability if they engage in an agri-tourism or agri-entertainment activity.

“We are encouraged by Rep. Gleim’s leadership on this issue,” said Pennsylvania State Grange President Wayne Campbell. “Family Farms, particularly struggling Pennsylvania dairy farmers, are looking for ways to diversify their operation in order to survive. One option is to have other activities which could range from pick-your-own fruit to corn mazes. Too often, fear of a frivolous lawsuit discourages them from doing so.”

Campbell said that a farmer who is negligent on safety should be held accountable. “It is where a natural and inherent risk such as tree roots or a bumpy wagon ride causes an injury that farmers need to reduce their liability. Obviously, there should be signs reminding visitors that there are inherent dangers and care must be used when visiting a working farm.”

Similar laws have already been enacted in other states, including neighboring Ohio. Although having 33 co-sponsors, Rep. Gleim has not yet formally introduced this legislation since additional House members are asking to co-sponsor her bill.

The meeting with Rep. Gleim was part of the Pennsylvania State Grange Day on the Hill where Grange members met with representatives, senators and staff on a number of issues which included this need for liability protection.


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