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Safety, Liability & Regulations

... manage risks and regulations to create a safe environment

Agritourism enterprises offer farmers opportunities to diversify and increase their income. Opening the farm to these new opportunities, however, also introduces new risks and legal obligations that should not be ignored. It is important that the safety risks be identified and properly managed in order to minimize the potential for injuries, illnesses and resulting financial losses.

- Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom Agritourism Onsite Farm Safety Guide

Farm Safety and Risk Management

Every farm has its own unique safety risks, and the safety of your guests is non-negotiable. Take the time to understand the risks associated with bringing visitors to your farm and make adjustments to create the safest environment possible.

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Regulations

Town, state and federal regulations can be overwhelming, but it's wise to consider how they may impact your enterprise early in your planning. Give yourself adequate time to read and understand the regulations before you make significant investments in your agritourism business. This page will guide you to many of the appropriate resources who can provide more information specific to your business.

The following regulations may apply to your agritourism activities:

General Regulations
  • Business Registration
  • Business Taxation
  • Sales Tax: Meals and Rooms
  • Sales and Use Taxes
  • American with Disabilities Act
Employment Regulations
  • Fair Labor Standards
  • Child Labor
  • Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA)
  • Unemployment Insurance Taxes
  • Vermont Fair Employment
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  • Vermont Occupational Safety and Health
  • Administration
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance
  • Vermont Family and Medical Leave
Permits and Licenses
  • Product/equipment registration
  • Label/packaging information
  • Milk/dairy registration and licensing
  • Meat/poultry inspection
  • Commercial catering
  • Liquor License
  • Food processing

There are a number of resources to help you determine which regulations apply to agritourism activities:

Liability

It's important to do your best to prepare for the unexpected when you open your farm to visitors. Liability means that you are legally responsible for your actions, or inactions, that could bring harm to others. If what you did, or did not do, lead in a predictable manner to harm, then you are negligent.

Take the time to learn about the many types of "liability" you are assuming when guests come to your farm, then take appropriate measures to protect yourself.

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Insurers

The following insurers have identified themselves as having experience in Vermont agritourism. This list is for information only and no endorsement or approval is intended.

Last modified October 02 2017 11:02 AM