Jan. 13th, 2006

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It's not the weird nationalism thing at the end that bothers me, or even that they're inspecting for crop fraud. It's the constant oversight. And in private industry's hands?

USDA Using Satellites to Monitor Farmers
By ROXANA HEGEMAN
13 January 2006
12:44 pm GMT
(c) 2006. The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Satellites have monitored crop conditions around the world for decades, helping traders predict futures prices in commodities markets and governments anticipate crop shortages.

But those satellite images are now increasingly turning up in courtrooms across the nation as the Agriculture Department's Risk Management Agency cracks down on farmers involved in crop insurance fraud.Read more... )

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