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False Social Media Claims of Farmers Destroying Crops Being Spread

False claims are being spread that farmers are being paid to destroy their crops.

In one video spread on social media, a man shows an envelope from the Farm Service Agency office in Broken Bow but then shows a letter from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, a separate agency.

The video shows maps of the area and has a hashtag about a food shortage but the letter is actually about training sessions for manure applications and predates the COVID-19 pandemic which did result in some dairy producers dumping milk, a situation that was short-lived.

Commodity prices have rebounded since the start of the pandemic and food processing plants have remained in operation.

A spokeswoman for the Nebraska Department of Agriculture says the agency has received calls about the videos and confirms there is no government program paying farmers to destroy crops.

Another video shows a farmer with a riding lawn mower in a field, suggesting that was the “low carbon footprint” approach to destroying his crops. It’s not clear where the video was made.

Several videos can be found on TikTok and at least one popular video appears to have been made in Nebraska.

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