Many people are beginning to enjoy back-to-nature lifestyles by buying several acres out in the country near Little Falls, MN and raising animals and garden produce. But, what kind of insurance does a farm need? When does a hobby farm become a "real farm"? What happens if your horse gets out and someone is injured? These tips from Hanneken Insurance Agency, Inc. can help you with these questions.
Homeowners or a Farm Policy?
For some hobby farms, like those with just a pony and a few chickens, homeowner’s insurance will probably cover your needs. If your hobby farm is simply something fun that you like to do on the weekends and evenings, or you just like raising food to feed your family, you probably don’t need anything more than a homeowner’s policy. Keep in mind, though, that homeowner’s policies may not cover expensive improvements like large barns or expensive equipment. If your hobby farm begins to turn into a more extensive operation, it may be time to call the insurance company and adjust your coverage.
Are You Making Money?
If you’re a full-time farmer, then you definitely need a farm policy. But, there is a gray area where you’re still a farmer, but not necessarily in need of a farm policy. Some insurance companies offer hobby farm policies for those who may sell produce at farmer’s markets or offer baby chicks for sale a few times a year. These policies are generally for people who just use their farm to make small amounts of money to supplement their off-the-farm income.
Farm Liability Insurance
Many of a farmer’s daily jobs come with an element of risk. Driving large, powerful tractors and handling animals that weigh a thousand pounds or more are a part of daily life for many who live on farms. Most farmers know the risks and work carefully, but when other non-farm people are exposed to these experiences, terrible things can happen. A farm liability policy will protect you from a lawsuit if someone is injured on your farm. Even trespassers may try to sue if they are injured on your property, so a liability policy can help you rest more easily at night.
If you have questions about farm policies in the Little Falls, MN area, contact Hanneken Insurance Agency, Inc.