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Farmer on the Dole

Urban cowboys cash a surprising number of federal farm-subsidy checks.

He didn't get it. The reason: Unlike crop supports -- but like social welfare programs -- the disaster relief payment for the ranching operation had an income cutoff, a way to ensure that the money went to those who needed it most. According to the rules, a rancher seeking government assistance for his hurting business had to make less than $2.5 million a year to qualify for the government subsidy. McMorris didn't meet the requirement.

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