Plugging Leaks in Prevented Planting
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Mon May 4, 2015 10:03 AM CDT

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- Crop insurance abuse continues to plague the Prairie Pothole states, despite the Risk Management Agency's best efforts since 1999 to tighten prevented planting rules, a farm program watchdog charged in a new report released Tuesday. At issue are repeated prevented planting claims for seasonal wetlands, which are only farmable during abnormally dry years.

Between 2000 and 2013, 195 counties in the five-state Prairie Pothole region collected $4.9 billion in payouts for excessive moisture, or 61% of all prevented planting payouts nationwide, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) charged in its latest report.

A mere 65 counties -- 30 ...

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