Ohio moves to protect corn mazes, farm markets from lawsuits

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio farmers who run petting zoos and corn mazes soon may be protected from being sued if a visitor trips and is injured in a field or is bitten by a goat.

State lawmakers have signed off on legislation that shields farmers with agritourism businesses from some but not all lawsuits.

Backers say there are inherent risks on working farms and that operators shouldn’t be held responsible as long as they’re not being reckless.

Farmers hope the news rules will make it easier to get insurance and keep costs down.

About half of all states now put limits on liability for agritourism operations.

The changes come as an increasing number of farmers are turning to pumpkin patches, hay rides and holiday events to bring in extra income.