An article in Mainebiz about liability insurance for many of Maine’s small farms that are diversifying from traditional approaches to farming cited a University of Maine-based survey conducted by the Center for Tourism and Outreach in 2006. The research revealed that of 400 farmers surveyed, farms participating in agritourism said those activities accounted for 50 percent or more of their income for farms with less than $1 million in income. For farms with less than $50,000 annual income, the percentage was 62 percent or more. The Legislature recently passed a bill to protect farmers from some liabilities when they open their doors to the public.
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