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Howard v. Federal Crop Insurance Corp.
Citation:United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1976. 540 F.2d 695.
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The Howards (Plaintiff) grew tobacco on their land, and alleged that their 1973 crop was extensively damaged by heavy rains. Federal Crop Insurance Corp (Defendant) insured plaintiffs crop, and received a claim and proof of loss from plaintiffs relating to their crop damage. Before defendant could inspect plaintiff’s crop damage, plaintiff plowed the fields to plant a cover crop for soil preservation. The defendant’s inspector denied the plaintiff’s claim because they had violated a portion of their insurance policy which provided that the stalks shall not be destroyed until the company makes an inspection.
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