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Florence Becot

Florence Becot

Florence Becot is a rural sociologist with over 10 years of agricultural interdisciplinary research experience. As an associate research scientist at the National Farm Medicine Center, her research program focuses on the health, well-being, safety, and economic viability of farm families in the United States and France. Her research considers the difficulties farm families face in meeting social needs such as health care, childcare, or aging and the impacts that can have on the farm business development. Her work also explores the availability and types of social supports, including social policy and crisis support. She earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where she holds an adjunct position, and was previously a researcher at the University of Vermont Center for Rural Studies.

Two parents with a toddler in a farm field, all smiling

Family farms are struggling with two hidden challenges: health insurance and child care

By: , and - May 19, 2021

Kat Becker feeds hundreds of people with the vegetables she grows on her Athens, Wisconsin farm, and she wants to expand. But her ability to grow her business collides with her need for affordable health insurance and child care. She has had to make difficult choices over the years: keep her farm income low enough […]