By Grower Staff

Regardless of the size of their operation, growers in a recent survey say that the cost of health insurance is their top business concern.

The survey was part of a much larger study conducted by Ohio State University and Utah State University that examined farming in urbanizing areas, according to a news release.

A 2009 study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service yielded similar findings.

That study found that farm operator households spent an average of $5,200 to $10,000 annually per household on healthcare—an amount that is higher than other U.S. households, according to the release.

The university study analyzed surveys from 453 farmers in eight counties in six states. They operated in rural land near urbanizing areas.

To view the full report, visit Ohio State University.

Additional information on the national study is available at