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Every spring, thousands of elementary school children take field trips to farms.
Until a recent Iowa Supreme Court decision, most farmers believed they were protected from lawsuits brought by visitors to their property under a so-called "recreational use" statute. Now, many farm organizations are concerned the court ruling opens farmers up to liability if someone is hurt on a field trip. And Ed Cox, fellow at the Drake Agriculture Law Center, says farmers may be worried about hosting field days.
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