Landowner Liability: How To Protect Your Operation


For many landowners, concerns over potential liability if someone were to be injured on the farm or ranch are terrifying.  There are,  however, a number of steps a landowner can take to limit his or her liability exposure.  This webinar will offer several strategies and steps that landowners can take to limit potential liability, from liability insurance to various state statutes offering protections to landowners.

Time and Date:

Wednesday, March 18th, 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 March 18, 2020. To view a recording of this webinar, please click here.


Rusty Rumley is a Senior Staff Attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center.  He was born and raised on a family farm in Cogar, Oklahoma. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in AgriBusiness and earned his juris doctor from the University of Oklahoma. After law school, Rusty earned his LL.M in Agricultural Law at the University of Arkansas.  He is licensed to practice law in the states of Oklahoma and Michigan.  Rusty has published law review articles discussing the future application of special use valuation for inherited farmland, “right to farm” statutes, and the enforcement of animal cruelty statutes by private organizations. He has also written on landowner liability, agritourism, food labeling, local food production, business organizations, crop insurance, estate planning, leasing, and other land use topics in his work at the Center. Further, Rusty presents around the country to producer, consumer, extension, industry and legal groups on an array of topics. His primary areas of interest are in estate planning, taxation, business organizations, landowner liability, leasing and agritourism.

Research & Materials:

PowerPoint Presentation 

How Landowners Can Protect Themselves from Liability

Owning Your Piece of Texas: Key Laws Texas Landowners Need to Know

Equine/Farm Animal Liability Statutes 

Agritourism Reading Room

Landowner Liability Reading Room 

State Agritourism Statutes 

State Equine Activity Statutes

States’ Recreational Use Statutes