Farm Safety Check: Agritourism

Farm Safety Check: Agritourism


Allowing people to visit your farm provides a unique opportunity for you to tell the story of your farm, and for the members of the public to learn more about agriculture.

Agritourism can also be a great way to increase farm income, but the additional risks and responsibilities must be considered.



The checklist below lists a few ways you can be prepared for visitors on your farm and keep them safe:

  • Think about the traffic flow of visitors. Does the farm have three distinct areas: non-animal areas, animal areas, and entrance/exit transitions between?
  • If food is available, do people eat and drink first, then visit the animals?
  • Does the farm have running water, soap, and paper towels available for visitors?
  • Are the hand washing facilities accessible for children and those with disabilities and located conveniently next to both the animal areas and food?
  • Are signs visible throughout the venue reminding people to wash their hands and avoid hand-to-mouth activities?
  • Are the animals safely contained in pens?
  • Are visitors restricted from entering pens?
  • Have you restricted all physical contact of chicks, ducklings, reptiles, and calves?
  • Is there a plan in place to clean surfaces, especially pen railings, daily with soap and water?
  • Is there a plan to remove sick animals from public contact?
  • Are all farm workers or hired staff trained in the national best practices for animal contact?

You and/or your employee(s) can download and print a pdf checklist to complete safety checks on your farm.  Keep the completed forms for follow-up, future reference and inspections.



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Disclaimer: The facts and information listed above are suggestions for your safety, but are in no way a comprehensive and exhaustive list of all actions needed to insure your safety.