For pork producer Jim Fisher, providing health care insurance for his employees is a way to make sure he gets good workers. He farms in Northeast Missouri’s Pike County with his brother, David. The family has 2,600 sows and markets about 65,000 pigs annually. They have eight salaried, full-time employees…Nationwide, about 35 to 36 percent of farmers purchase an individual insurance plan, compared with 5 to 6 percent of all Americans, notes Jon Bailey with the Center for Rural Affairs and Barbara O’Neill, a specialist in financial resource management with Rutgers University’s ag department. "They’ve been big users of the individual market," O’Neill says.
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