Farms that host the public for educational tours might heed a decision by the Iowa Supreme Court on Friday.
The Court ruled that a woman who was injured at a dairy farm while chaperoning a field trip can sue the farm owners.
A lawyer for the injured woman said the case would return for civil trial after being dismissed by a district judge two years ago, according to this article by The Associated Press.
A 1967 law bars lawsuits against landowners who open their property to the public for recreational uses such as hunting, hiking and snowmobiling.
But the Iowa Supreme Court did not believe it conferred immunity to the farm owners in this particular case.
Holding farms liable could discourage them from offering educational tours in the future, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation warns.