As a child, my first exposure to a government program was the so called Soil Bank, or Land Bank.

During that particular period of time the American farmer, due to increased technology and good growing years were producing record yields of corn. As a result corn prices were falling so low it was hard to make a profit.

Instead of letting the market determine the price, where farmers would have to resort to other means of producing an income until the conditions returned where a profit in growing corn was again realized, the government came up with the idea of a soil bank. A farmer would put his land in a soil bank and not plant any crops, thus by reducing supply, and creating false demand, the prices would thus rise. The government would pay the farmer to do nothing.

This was back in the day when people didn’t expect handouts, especially from the government. In fact it was still thought to be disgraceful to take money from people who earned it and give it to people who didn’t earn it, imagine that!


photo of a distinguished older gentleman

Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.


The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

Your comments are welcome

photo of young living oils

Improve your health through essential oils and Isagenix.

Published by Gary Wonning