A shirt tail relative in Iowa has collected over $1 million over the past 10 years from programs like this.
Here in west central IL, there are husband and wife ‘teams’ that beat the payment limits by farming ‘separately’. About 30 miles east of me, one couple in Knox County, IL combined for 2.5 mil from 1995-2011. The top money getter in that county is Block Farms with 2.7 mil. At the EWG website you can see that the address is in VA!. Yep, former ag sec John Block got ‘Potomac fever’ (got a good job there after his resignation), and never left the DC area after his resignation in the early 80’s.
The farm subsidies are about supplying Ay Dee eeM, Kar gil, etc. with the lowest possible grain prices. They are definitely not about helping the small farmer. The fewer the farmers, the easier they are to control.