Posted: May 8, 2019

An article by the Health Insurance, Rural Economic Development and Agriculture (HIREDnAg) team led by Shoshanah Inwood of The Ohio State University (formerly of the University of Vermont) was selected to receive "Honorable Mention" for 2018’s Outstanding Choices Article. The article describes a study consisting of in-depth interviews with 100 farm families and surveys of 1,062 randomly selected farmers and ranchers in ten states. The team's findings paint a picture of how prominently health insurance figures into the decision-making of many farm families, who are engaged in one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S.

In addition to Inwood, other authors of the study include: Alana Knudson of the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Policy; Florence Becot and Jason Parker of Ohio State University; Bonnie Braun of the University of Maryland; Stephan J. Goetz of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development at Penn State; Jane Kolodinsky, Katlyn Morris and Bob Parsons of University of Vermont; Scott Loveridge of Michigan State University, Rachel Welborn of the Southern Rural Development Center at Mississippi State University; and, Don E. Albrecht of the Western Rural Development Center at Utah State University.

The HIREDnAg team is a group of research and Extension professionals committed to understanding how health insurance decisions impact farm and ranch families. The project was supported by the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative Competitive Program of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

The article, published in Choices Magazine in 2018, was selected for Honorable Mention "based on its high readership as well as the feedback from a panel of reviewers," according to an email from the Editors.

According to its website, "Choices is an online peer-reviewed magazine published by the AAEA for readers interested in the policy and management of agriculture, the food industry, natural resources, rural communities, and the environment."