How do you define a farmer?
A. A person who does the physical labor to plant a crop.
B. A person who pays for everything it takes to run a farm.
C. A person who owns farmland.
D. All of the above.
It’s a tricky question. For over two decades, the government’s definition of who is an “actively engaged farmer” has been criticized for being too loose and subjective - a loophole allowing farm operations to add investors to their business so they can rake in extra money in farm program payments.