The two bills address three areas of concern expressed by Ohio Farm Bureau members: zoning, liability and application of Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV). If passed, the legislation would spell out that agritourism is considered agriculture, which means those businesses would still qualify for CAUV and and not be subject to zoning at the local levels. It also would help help farmers deal with liability issues and the cost of insurance.
“This bill is huge for us. We’ll do anything we can to help promote it,” said Debbie Mihalik of Regal Vineyards in Madison.