Registering as a Kansas Agritourism Business does not supersede any required local permits or ordinances. Kansas Tourism is a registering agent only for the Kansas Agritourism Promotion Act K.S.A. 32-1432 through K.S.A. 32-1438a.
Proper planning is the key to starting a successful business. The following checklist can serve as a guide for planning:
As an agritourism business owner, you take on a certain level of risk when you invite visitors onto your property. While you may not have an accident on your farm or ranch, you need to consider how you will manage the risks associated with your agritourism activity.
Seven layers of protection can be used to manage the risk of an agritourism business:
For more information on liability, please refer to the Growing Agritourism in Kansas Manual.
Once approved as a registered agritourism business with Kansas Tourism, you may purchase and post warning signage at your agritourism business. This signage provides that participants at the agritourism business are assuming the responsibility of inherent risks. Signs are available for purchase through the Kansas Horse Council or may be manufactured by a sign company of your choice. The sign should read as follows:
"Under Kansas law, there is no liability for an injury or death of a participant in a registered agritourism activity conducted at this registered agritourism location if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of the such agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, but shall not be limited to, the potential of you as a participant to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death and the potential of another participant to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this registered agritourism activity."
For additional information about the warning signage, see Warning Signage Specifications.