A Rich Landowner Tried To Exploit The Work Of The Farmer Who Rented His Land But The Farmer Enlisted Highschool Students To Teach Him A Lesson

A farming student recently shared how a farmer he worked for got revenge on a greedy landowner who wanted to rip him off. The farmer outsmarted the landowner’s plans and amused the students who had helped him. Here’s what the student had to say.

He Lived Near Farmer’s Schools

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During high school, the man lived in an area surrounded by many big farms. These farms mostly grew cotton, and as part of their school studies, students like him would spend time in the fields, doing tasks like plowing, planting, and harvesting.

There Was a Huge Cotton Farm Nearby

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One of the farms close to the school was a massive 1000-acre farm, which mostly grew cotton. The farmer rented this land from owners who lived in another state, and he would give them a part of the money he earned from selling the cotton. Cotton was a crop that took nutrients from the soil, which meant the next crop wouldn’t be as good if you didn’t treat the soil. This was a crucial part of the farmer’s plan.

He Helped the Farmer

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This farm had a long partnership with the school, so students like the man would work for the farmer for free. But one day, when he and his classmates arrived at the farm for work and study, the farmer told them to spray weed-killing chemicals on the fields and drive tractors to plow up the land. The farmer wanted the entire field to be just bare dirt.

They Were Shocked

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They were surprised because they knew their actions would make the land unviable to grow crops, which seemed strange. But they did what the farmer told them to do. It took them a whole weekend to finish the work, but when they were done, the fields looked neat and clean.

The Farmer Was Grateful

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The farmer was thankful and gave each student $500 as a reward, which was a lot of money in the 90s, especially for high school students. But after a few months, rumors started spreading about the farmer and the land they had cleared.

The Landowner Thought He Was Clever

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“So, apparently the landowner had decided that he was going to not renew the lease the farmer had on the land. This lease renewal just so happened to fall a few weeks before harvest season would start. Given that the average cotton farm earns about 1,500 dollars per acre, a 1000-acre farm would easily net the owner 1.5 million dollars,” he explained.

The Farmer Wanted Revenge

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“Since at the time, the farmer’s lease wasn’t yet up, he decided to prevent that from happening. His act of revenge against the owner was to prevent them from cashing in on his hard work. Sure, he destroyed his farm, and he had to sell off most everything he owned to buy some property for himself, but he’d proved a point,” he said.

The Farmer Won

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The landowner tried to sue the farmer and took him to court. However, because the farmer destroyed the crops while he still had the lease, the court decided in favor of the farmer.

Was the Farmer Right?

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Many of the students congratulated the farmer for getting revenge on the landowner. Ultimately, the owner learned the valuable lesson never to cross someone with nothing to lose.

People Online Said This

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One user said, “Great story! The farmer is a much smarter business person than the landowner!

Another said, “In the eternal battle between city folk and country folk, always bet on the country folk.”

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