What are farmers’ health insurance options?

Farmers’ health insurance options will be the topic when CFAES’s Shoshanah Inwood and Stephanie Petrauskas of Springfield’s Rocking Horse Community Health Center speak at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s annual conference. The conference runs Thursday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 17, in Dayton.

Inwood, assistant professor of community development and food systems in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Petrauskas will discuss “Health Insurance and Risk Management for Farmers: Tools for Navigating Health Insurance” from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday.

Their talk is part of a special workshop track for beginning farmers at the conference. But other conference-goers are welcome to attend, too.

About HIREDnAg and the ACA

Inwood and Petrauskus will look at results from the national Health Insurance, Rural Economic Development and Agriculture, or HIREDnAg, project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Petrauskas also will answer questions on Ohio’s Affordable Care Act marketplace.

Help for beginning farmers

Participants will “learn how health care and insurance costs affect risk management, enterprise growth, workforce vitality, succession planning and efforts to grow the next generation of young farmers,” according to the workshop description.

They’ll learn, too, “how to incorporate health insurance and health care into farm business plans and risk management decision-making.”

Walk-in registration

Online registration for the conference has ended, but walk-in registration is available on Friday and Saturday. Costs vary. Find details and a link to a walk-in registration form.

Check out the full conference schedule. (Photo: iStock.)

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