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Farmers testify in support of agritourism bill

Testifying before the Senate Civil Justice Committee were Kari Burkey of Muskingum County, Jonathan Lohstroh of Madison County and Andy Lynd of Licking County.

Some excerpts from their testimony:

“The revisions to SB 334 will clarify that agritourism is not a disqualification from CAUV when it takes place on land that otherwise qualifies. Hopefully it will prevent the situation we had to endure and that could have ultimately ended our small business.” — Kari Burkey.

“Senate Bill 334 will help ensure our family can continue to share our farm with the community. The proposed bill will help prevent us from being sued over factors we can’t control in a farm environment.” — Jonathan Lohstroh.

“Liability insurance for agritourism has been difficult for many people to obtain, and the measures in Senate Bill 334 help to lessen some of the unease an insurer may have in underwriting a u-pick operation.” — Andy Lynd.

The Senate is expected to take up the bill soon.

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Callie Wells 

Callie Wells is the director of digital communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.