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December 19, 2005

Agritoursim association offers liability signs

The N.C. Agritourism Networking Association (NC ANA), a networking organization for North Carolina agritourism farmers and service providers, is organizing to plan, promote and deliver a statewide conference in November 2006. Membership dues will be used to plan and promote the 2006 conference. There will be two levels of dues: farmers and agritourism service providers, $25; Cooperative Extension agents, $15.

The NC ANA mission statement and goals can be accessed at www.ncagr.com/agritourism.

One benefit of membership is that the association will provide two liability signs free to agritourism farmer members of the organization who pay $25 dues. The signs are required for agritourism operators, including pick-your-own operators, to comply with a new state law that limits liability for agritourism operations that display proper signage. Farmers who do not join can buy the signs at $3 per sign plus $4 shipping.

The signs are made of a vinyl-type material that is resistant to weather and damage. Go to www.ncagr.com/agritourism to read the entire law, under “Limit Liability for Agritourism Farms.” The text for the sign is under the paragraph found in the text of the law under the heading “Warning.” At least two signs are required – at the entrance to the agritourism facility and at the site of activities.

Associate memberships are available to Extension agents, who can purchase one sign at cost plus shipping. Agents who are agritourism farmers may purchase three signs.

The NC ANA will provide signs to member farmers first, then non-member farmers. Service providers and Extension agents who join the ANA can indicate their desire for a sign on the membership application. Signs for service providers will not be filled until all agritourism farmers’ sign orders are filled. There will be an initial limit of two signs per order for farmers. For a newsletter with association applicaton, contact Martha Glass at 919.733.7139 or martha.glass@ncmail.net.

In addition, a brochure will soon be available with results from a recent statewide survey of nearly 400 agritourism operations. To receive a copy of the brochure, contact Martha Glass at 919.733.7139 or martha.glass@ncmail.net.

Posted by Natalie at December 19, 2005 02:58 PM