At ALEI, we often hear concerns about liability from folks in the agriculture community who lease or allow their property to be used for hunting. In recognition of these concerns, the Maryland General Assembly recently passed a law expanding when certain liability protection provisions which apply to cross-country skiing and using off-highway vehicles, to include hunting.Read More
In a typical tenant farming relationship, the tenant farmer and the landowner commonly have insurance coverage. But how can a landowner protect himself or herself from exposure to liability for the acts of the tenant?
For example, let’s imagine that a tenant farmer accidentally causes property damage to a neighboring farm during harvest, using a tractor provided by the landowner. In order to receive damages for the loss, the neighboring farmer files a claim with the tenant farmer’s insurance carrier. The tenant farmer’s insurance carrier pays the claim but then proceeds to seek damages from the landowner based on the faulty tractor provided to the tenant. This can be an unwelcomed surprise for a landowner who had no knowledge or control over the accident that caused the damage.Read More
I realize many of you have questions related to the 2014 Farm Bill and the new programs that USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Risk Management Agency are working to implement. Good resources on many of the common questions exist; see AREC’s 2014 Farm Bill Page which is part of our Crop Insurance Extension page to find links to many of those tools. While many of those tools were developed for producers, we may overlook the fact that landowners/landlords potentially will qualify for these programs as well. A recent federal court of appeals decision highlights who is potentially considered a landowner under USDA’s regulations.Read More