University of Maryland Extension

Understanding Agricultural Liability: Premise’s Liability

Paul Goeringer

You face many risks in your farming operation, including weather, crop prices, and environmental issues beyond your control. If you own or lease farmland, you also may encounter the liability risks associated with individuals coming on to your land, whether invited or not.

You can take steps to limit your potential liability by understanding your legal obligation or duty to protect visitors and other third parties from foreseeable harm. You also will need to know to whom you owe the duty and what duty others may owe to you.  Steps you can take to limit your liability include obtaining insurance, procuring releases, and providing warnings.  

To help you understand the basics of these issues, check out Understanding Agricultural Liability: Premise’s Liability (FS-1001) by Paul Goeringer.

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