Yep, that's exactly what that article that @Skull posted said. There's never any accountability for these crazy policies. We have an open loop control system.
As so often happens, people with advanced degrees use their credentials to beat people who know the land and the system into submission.
Unfortunately, an advanced degree is just a beginning of an education, not the whole picture, and those who do not recognize the value of 20, 30, 60 years of observations made living on the land and seeing what happens there (because agricultural success demands that or you fail), will consistently make decisions based on theory, not necessarily on observed and comprehensive data.
You can't get a feel for an ecosystem on weekend field trips unless you are there every weekend for years, and especially not if your focus is on one small aspect of that ecosystem and proving a thesis rather than truly studying what makes it tick.
So those academics are frequently working with a self-imposed failure to take all the data into account, an unfortunate part of the system of higher education that summarily discards 'layman' observations and denigrates common sense.