Article 4.

Agritourism Activity Liability.

99E-30.  Definitions.

As used in this Article, the following terms mean:

(1)        Agritourism activity. - Any activity carried out on a farm or ranch that allows members of the general public, for recreational, entertainment, or educational purposes, to view or enjoy rural activities, including farming, ranching, historic, cultural, harvest-your-own activities, or natural activities and attractions. An activity is an agritourism activity whether or not the participant paid to participate in the activity. "Agritourism activity" includes an activity involving any animal exhibition at an agricultural fair licensed by the Commissioner of Agriculture pursuant to G.S. 106-520.3.

(2)        Agritourism professional. - Any person who is engaged in the business of providing one or more agritourism activities, whether or not for compensation.

(3)        Inherent risks of agritourism activity. - Those dangers or conditions that are an integral part of an agritourism activity including certain hazards, including surface and subsurface conditions, natural conditions of land, vegetation, and waters, the behavior of wild or domestic animals, and ordinary dangers of structures or equipment ordinarily used in farming and ranching operations. Inherent risks of agritourism activity also include the potential of a participant to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to injury to the participant or others, including failing to follow instructions given by the agritourism professional or failing to exercise reasonable caution while engaging in the agritourism activity.

(4)        Participant. - Any person, other than the agritourism professional, who engages in an agritourism activity.

(5)        Person. - An individual, fiduciary, firm, association, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, unit of government, or any other group acting as a unit. (2005-236, s. 1; 2007-171, s. 1.)