The Evolution of Agritourism: Current Legal Issues & Future Trends



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It wasn’t that long ago that “agritourism” was an unfamiliar term to in the agricultural community.  But agritourism has been on the rise in the U.S. and agritourism income tripled between 2002 and 2017.  Many farmers and ranchers are now familiar with the economic benefits agritourism presents.   Along with the agritourism industry’s continued growth and prospects, however, has been an evolution of laws and legal issues.

In this webinar,  we’ll examine opportunities in agritourism today and the legal challenges agritourism faces from COVID-19 and other anticipated legal issues.  Join our interdisciplinary panel for a discussion of:

  • What’s new and hot:  agritourism marketing trends and opportunities
  • In the courts:  litigation against agritourism operations
  • COVID-19:  legal issues for agritourism
  • What may come:  anticipated legal challenges for the future
  • How to deal with it:  thoughts on  managing agritourism legal risk


Time and Date:


 Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

12:00 – 1:00 (EDT)


This webinar is offered free of charge and is limited to the first 100 registrants. It is recommended that you test your computer for software compatibility prior to the webinar by clicking here.

This webinar was recorded on August 19, 2020. To view a recording of this webinar, click here.


Peggy Kirk Hall is an Associate Professor in Agricultural & Resource Law and a partner with the National Agricultural Law Center.  She is a member of OSU’s Farm Office Team at, directs OSU Extension’s Agricultural & Resource Law Program and is the author of the Ohio Agricultural Law Blog.    Hall teaches Agribusiness Law in the College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences and has served as President of the American Agricultural Law Association and Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Agricultural Law Committee.

Eric Barrett is an Assistant Professor and Extension Educator, specializing in marketing and local foods. He has been teaching and leading OSU Extension programs since 1996.  He works with many aspects of agriculture, including urban farming, agritourism and farm direct marketing throughout the US. His passions are teaching and helping farmers improve marketing practices.

Rob Leeds is an Extension Educator, specializing in direct farm marketing and agronomic crops. He leads a video production team, creating innovative content for agriculture. Rob considers ‘fun’ to be vital to learning and success. He uses fun as a central theme in his teaching, leadership philosophy and work with farmers. Leeds has also served as an educational advisor for Ohio Direct Marketing Association and served on North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association (NAFDMA) board and is the owner/operator of Leeds Farm, an agritourism operation in central Ohio.


Research & Materials:

PowerPoint Presentation

Recent Agritourism Litigation in the United States

Ten Legal Issues for Farm Stay Operators 

Reducing Risk in Agritourism: Factsheet Series