Vilsack stiffs New Mexico ranchers on drought insurance

By AP via Oregon Live

More “science-based” chicanery from the Monsanto crowd. ~Ed.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Call it doubt about the drought.

New Mexico cattle ranchers are fighting mad over a brand new federal insurance policy they say was sold as drought protection but isn’t paying off because satellites say the state still has too much “greenness.”

Never mind there isn’t any grass for the cattle to eat.  In fact, on-the-ground conditions have been so catastrophic that ranchers have been selling off record numbers of cattle because they can’t afford to feed them.

The insurance policies, part of a pilot program for New Mexico and seven other states, are administered by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency and are based on a “greenness index” measured using satellite imagery.

The problem is that satellite information — which counts all “biomass” including trees and weeds in its greenness index — indicates New Mexico is green even though ranchers are facing severe drought, said Matt Rush, executive director for the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.

Read more at Oregon Live

Related: Drought of ‘epic proportions’ drains N.M. ranchers’ wallets

12 responses to “Vilsack stiffs New Mexico ranchers on drought insurance

  1. Good lord, what a scam! I think the average rancher was induced to believe that the policy covered drought, not “greenness” whatever that means. This is called “fraud in the inducement” where you induce people to enter into an agreement with you under false pretenses.

    Defined: Fraud in the Inducement: “the use of deceit or trick to cause someone to act to his/her disadvantage, such as signing an agreement or deeding away real property. The heart of this type of fraud is misleading the other party as to the facts upon which he/she will base his/her decision to act.”

  2. Fraud at the USDA? Why, I never…

    8)

  3. no ground inspections? thats like investigating a car wreck with a satellite. nonsense. sounds like it’ll pave the way for another bank land grab

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  5. Just another example of the USDA playing by the playbook to destroy independent farmers and ranchers out there.. Just research the young’s executive report that was pushed through in 1972 and you will begin to see that the war against america isn’t some guys in a cave with box cutters but greedy bastards right here in the good ole USA. Click the link to learn more.
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/6/16/743221/-Young-Executives-Report:-1972-Declaration-of-War-Against-Family-Farmers

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  7. The lazy sleeze, Vilack just needs to fly an airplane
    or drive the terrain to view with human eyes. The
    severe drought conditions are common knowledge.
    I can see Soros waiting on the sidelines like a
    spider. The USDA and FDA has been corrupt
    for many a year.

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