WESTMINSTER — The Agribusiness Club celebrated its 25th anniversary at its regularbreakfast meeting Thursday at Baugher's Country Restaurant.
Retired county extension agent Robert Jones, one of the founders, recounted the group's beginnings and introduced eight former club presidents and a number of original members.
The club's first meeting was April 6, 1967, Jones said.
CountyCommissioner Donald I. Dell, himself a former president, presented the group with a proclamation from the county saying the club has promoted a better understanding of agriculture and agriculture-related businesses.
Following the presentation, David L. Brauning, a Nationwide Insurance agent in Finksburg, spoke about liability insurance.
Business owners, including farmers, face liability issues daily, he said.
Their first responsibility is to the public, he said.
Owners face liability for problems with their property, products and pollution, Brauning said.
He gave an example of how a farmer might beinvolved in a pollution problem.
After purchasing chemicals, the farmer might get into a car accident on the way home causing the chemical to spill, he said.
Farmers also must have workers compensation insurance if they have two or more full-time employees or if total pay for an employee is $15,000 a year or more, Brauning said.
The next Agribusiness Club meeting will be at 8 a.m. May 7.