FARM BUSINESS NEWS
Pay or Play Health Care
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Tue Jan 29, 2013 01:24 PM CST

AUSTIN, Texas (DTN) -- Farmers and ranchers who rely on seasonal and part-time labor are worried sick about the mandatory health insurance coverage scheduled to go into effect less than a year from now. One reason is that this year's employee head count will determine whether and what they pay for penalties if they don't offer adequate health insurance benefits starting in 2014.

Christian Yunker's winter payroll already runs 48, just under the wire for new employer health care mandates for "big" business. During the peak growing season, however, his Elba, N.Y., workforce on 6,000 acres of corn, alfalfa and ...

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