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Minding Ag's Business
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Tue Jan 21, 2014 04:52 PM CST

Family businesses often stretch themselves to offer at least some of their employees insurance coverage. For example, one Mississippi Delta operation I know pays 100% of the premiums for eight full-time employees (family members and key managers), but the remaining eight employees must pay coverage on their own. Their separate but family owned trucking firm provides its drivers no insurance. Other farm family businesses might insure only their most senior employees.

It's such a struggle to persuade talented non-family managers to work on farms, owners see insurance as a recruitment technique. They know they're competing with fertilizer dealers and co-ops to hire ...

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