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Freeloading farmers? Alleged cases of organic crop insurance abuses in Texas

| | December 12, 2016
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“Pure and simple, they’ll harvest this field with a disc,” Carroll says. “No yield means big bucks. Rest assured, failure is rewarded because the Risk Management Agency (RMA) will pay up in full,” [says Percy Carroll.]

A field of weeds can pay better than a field of corn, and costs almost nothing to produce. Plant seed, run a cultivator with a wink and a nod, and walk away. … No inputs, no sweat equity, no management, no harvest, but plenty of profit in a scheme plucking millions from the pockets of U.S. taxpayers. Carroll and a growing number of Texas farmers say a crop insurance racket is hiding in plain sight.

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Crop insurance is intended as a means to manage risk, but taking advantage of crop insurance rules allows for the total elimination of risk.

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A partial solution to ending organic crop insurance abuse centers on simple receipt checks, … genuine producers have receipt proof of fertilizer purchases and documented application dates, both of which could easily be checked by RMA.

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