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Obamacare costs for farmers may translate into higher produce prices




Juan, a migrant worker, poses for a portrait on a farm operated by Better Produce north of Santa Maria, Calif.
Juan, a migrant worker, poses for a portrait on a farm operated by Better Produce north of Santa Maria, Calif.
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When the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, it could have a tremendous impact on California's $43.5 billion agricultural industry. Meeting the minimum requirements of the law will cost farmers about one dollar per hour per employee in the field.

Sarah Varney, a reporter for Kaiser Health News, recently wrote about how farmers are preparing to cope with the added cost for the New York Times.