While wintering in an RV Park in Arizona several years ago I was talking to a fellow who inherited some dry land wheat farming land in central Washington. He was not yet old enought to qualify for a social security check but said he was doing okay in retirement as the federal government sent him a nice check every year for not growing a crop on his land. He said something like, “Imagine that, the government pays me for not having a job. Stupid, but I’ll take it if they want to give it to me.”
Nowadays, one significant component of the price increases in some groceries is the governmental subsity of crops being used for biofuels. Corn is the example often used.