Fact Check: Farmers Are NOT Being Offered Money To Destroy Crops

Fact Check

  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Farmers Are NOT Being Offered Money To Destroy Crops Still No Plan

Is the government sending letters to farmers offering them "$3,800 an acre to dispose of their crops"? No, that's not true: An official of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) told Lead Stories that this claim is false as "there is no such program at USDA." Lead Stories has also debunked variations of this claim since at least 2021.

These claims appeared in a reel on Facebook on June 7, 2022. It has a TikTok video with the narrator saying:

Every farmer I know has received a letter in the last 30 days from the department of agriculture offering them $3,800 an acre to dispose of their crops. If they do not they lose 35 cents per pound when they bring in harvest.

This is how the post appeared at the time of writing:

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(Image source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu June 30 16:18:03 2022 UTC)

This claim is a part of the false belief that the government is creating a food shortage.

A USDA official emailed Lead Stories on June 30, 2022:

This is not true. There is no such program at USDA.

Lead Stories has previously debunked variations of this claim. Two of them also centered on farmers being told they must destroy their crops here and here. A third one was about fires at U.S. food processing plants.

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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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