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Thu March 7, 2013
Healthcare overhaul could change the way farmers access insurance
This week, we'll examine the Affordable Care Act's impact on farmers, and hear how one enzyme manufacturer was able to grow its business.
Full-time farmers and ranchers are more likely than other groups to buy their own health insurance. And that means rural communities may see a greater impact from the Affordable Care Act than others. Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports from Iowa. Also, enzymes have a number of commercial applications. For example, they could be used in agriculture to improve soil quality. But they’re also susceptible to extreme environmental conditions, such as high pH or low moisture. Researchers Katie and Brian Thompson of the University of Missouri started a company a few years ago that gets to this issue. The husband and wife team developed a technology that stabilizes enzymes. KBIA’s Meredith Turk reports on how the company was able to start up and expand its market.