Agritourism involves activities that bring visitors to the farm.

It can be a great way for farmers to add supplemental income but it does come with an additional set of responsibilities. The growth of agritourism (also referred to as agrotourism) is connecting more and more people directly with agriculture and allowing them to better understand where their food comes from. With that comes the opportunity for them to learn about the health and safety issues related to agriculture, including protecting themselves.

Implementing safety practices to reduce the risk of injury or illness to visitors is becoming increasingly important.

UMASH, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, has developed a variety of resources to help farmers and agritourism operators keep their visitors safe.

These resources are a result of the UMASH project, “Surveillance for Zoonotic Diseases in Agricultural Workers in Minnesota”.



Safer Farm Animal Contact Exhibits – Keep Your Visitors Safe!

Own a farm that hosts visitors?  Volunteer at the county fair?  Operate a pumpkin patch with a petting zoo?  Serve breakfast on the farm?  Run a pizza farm event?

The Safer Farm Animal Contact Exhibits (Safer FACEs) training program can help you understand the risks of illness and injury from farm animals, and how to protect your visitors. This free, online and voluntary training program is offered by the Minnesota Department of Health. When you complete the program, MDH will provide certification that your organization has learned best practices for visitor-animal interactions.

The intended audience includes owners, operators and staff of:

  • Fairs
  • Petting zoos
  • Agritourism venues such as orchards and pumpkin patches
  • Farms that host the public
  • Any other venue where the public can visit and interact with animals

The training consists of six online modules and short quizzes, and should take 2-3 hours to complete. It is designed to allow users to work at their own pace, and exit and return as needed.

Topics covered include:

  • Overview of health risks from animals
  • Facility design
  • Animal care and management
  • Staff training
  • Visitor education and signage
  • Handwashing


Visit for registration instructions

For more information:

Email with the following information: your name, your animal contact venue, and the best way to contact you. Alternatively, please call 651-201-5414 and ask about Safer FACEs.

Funding for Safer FACEs is provided by the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cooperative agreement 5 U38 OT000143 and a joint organizational partnership between the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and CDC.


Handwashing Brochure and Poster

UMASH and the Minnesota Department of Health created a companion brochure and poster to go along with the “Farms, Fairs, and Fun” handwashing video.   These resources are available for download and ready for print!

Farms, Fairs and Fun
Handwashing Brochure
6 Steps to Handwashing
11 x 17 Poster
Tri-fold brochure with agritourism information and resources, and a six-step handwashing guide.


Large 11×17 posters detailing 6 steps to handwashing and tips for stopping the spread of germs. Available in English and Spanish.

High resolution – ready to print and hang!




UMASH, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), has developed the following agritourism resource videos with tips for keeping farm and fair visitors safe.

View the videos directly on our site by clicking on them below, or download the video by right-clicking the “Download mp4” link below the video and saving the file.


Animal Agritourism: Lay out a Plan for Success
Release Date: August 4, 2017
Download mp4 (right click and save file)

Farms, Fairs, and Fun – Be sure to wash your hands
Release Date: August 11, 2016
Download mp4 (right click and save file)

Agritourism: Prepare and Plan for Guests on Your Farm
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Download mp4 (right click and save file)

Agritourism Workshops

Agritourism WorkshopsThe Minnesota Department of Health Epidemiology and Environmental Health Divisions (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) have developed free agritourism workshops to explore human and environmental health issues at agritourism events and operations, including apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and working farms that host the public. Topics include petting zoo safety, food licensing and handling requirements, and more!

Workshop registration has closed. Watch for announcements of future dates at


AgriSafeMinnesota Department of Health Epidemiologist and UMASH Researcher, Carrie Klumb, presented an agritourism webinar on April 18, 2016. The webinar was hosted by the AgriSafe Network. The title of the webinar was “Agritourism: The Next Frontier in Agriculture”. In the webinar, Carrie discussed zoonotic diseases and best practices to reduce injury and illness to farm visitors.

Objectives of the webinar:

  • Understand what zoonotic diseases are, how they are transmitted, and why they are a potential problem for your farm
  • Be aware of the national best practices outlined in the Compendium and available resources to help you follow these guidelines
  • Apply these best practices to your farm in order to reduce the risk of illness or injury to visitors
  • Understand that the risk will never be zero

This webinar is FREE – you will just be asked to register before viewing.


If you have specific questions about hosting an agritourism event on your farm, contact:

Carrie Klumb, Minnesota Department of Health
651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414




Additional funding for video resources provided by the Minnesota Department of Health through a joint organizational partnership between the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provided by CSTE through sub-awards from the CDC cooperative agreement 5U38OT000143. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors (MDH) and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.