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.
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