Posted on 03/24/2010 at 12:00 AM by Christa Hartsook
A growing opportunity for agricultural producers is agritourism. Agritourism includes visiting a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural or agribusiness operation to enjoy, be educated or be involved in what is happening at that locale.
The rural United States is a popular tourist destination. According to the 2007 U.S. Census of Agriculture, 23,350 farms indicated they provided agritourism and recreation services valued at $566 million. Of the total farms, 3,637 farms indicated gross farm receipts of $25,000 or more.
However, agritourism faces issues not always found in traditional agriculture. Temporary employee status has important implications that raise several rather thorny issues. These include: taxes, workers compensation and workers-compensation insurance claims, general liability implications and general-liability insurance issues. Let’s look at the basic issue. Who is an employee?