Originally Posted by Buehler445
Where are you?
I don't see any of that happening here. There is maybe 300 acres of questionable land broke out that I know of in the last 5 years in my county. I'm not saying it's not happening, just not around me.
The fraud thing is important. I keep hearing shit about it but I can't make the math work for me on my farm. Mother Nature demolishes my aph bad enough. I don't need to hurt it any more. Plus we're a lot of sharecrop here and you just don't **** landlords. You just don't do it.
FWIW, there are random audits. Or there used to be anyway. Dad got one when I was in high school. Maybe they've tied up all the auditors with payment threshold audits but they used to do a few.
It's scattered through a pretty wide spread area north of US36. Basically happens in small pockets that run from Western North Missouri where the clay hills begin east of the Missouri river bottoms all the way to the north eastern corner of Missouri. Many of the farms were farmed until the shit hit the fan in the 80's and have been in grass or crp ever since.
As you can imagine the past spike in crop prices sent guys scrambling for acres. People broke out everything they could get their hands on. A lot of this ground is also in the middle of being flipped. The buyer is typically an out of the area investor who has never even seen the property and only cares about getting to cash the rent check on time. Share crop guys are honest for the most part here. You have to be or you'll be replaced by someone who is willing to do it right. It's the "rent and run" guys doing most the paper farming. I'm so tired of hearing "it's an insurance deal", it's not even funny. Many of these guys are hung out on outrageous 3-4 year deals that will no longer pencil, so change was probably coming with or without changes to the insurance system.
There were a bunch of audits done the past two years. Most were threshold limit audits with the past two years droughts, but plenty of fields had suit and tie types in them counting populations, checking weed pressure, and estimating yields during surprise visits throughout the summer and fall. This was NEVER the case before the past few years so perhaps they are catching on. I question how serious they were though because the end of the year inspection and bushel confirmation we got the past two years was so rushed he basically took our word for it. He obviously had much bigger fish to fry though and wanted in and out of our place as fast as he could so he could get on to the next guy.