BROKEN BOW, Nebraska — An online video hoax by a small group of Nebraska farmers has been circulating and scaring the life out of people.
The series of short videos are narrated by farmers and show them cutting down their crops. One video shows a farmer pouring what appears to be oil on his field. The farmer explains that he received a government letter ordering him to destroy his crops or he would not receive his farm subsidy. His conclusion is that the U.S. government is orchestrating a massive crop failure to create a food shortage.
The first clue that this is a hoax is hearing the farmer say that he received a letter the day before. What farmer in his right mind would receive a government letter ordering him to destroy his crop and actually carry out the ridiculous order the very next day?
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He would first call his neighbours, his local politicians, his farm association, the government department that wrote the letter and resist every eff ort to destroy his livelihood. Also, by looking closely at one letter in the video you don’t actually get to read but you can see that it is dated January 2018.
On August 25, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture reported that it had received calls about the hoax and tweeted: “Have you seen the viral TikTok videos where farmers are claiming that the government is paying them to destroy their crops? Don’t believe everything you see on the internet.”