I love the story of Joseph, of Technicolor coat fame. He’s also the one that had the bright idea to build large storehouses to put up the grain for the seven bumper-crop years and then portion it out during the famine (also of seven years.) And Joseph was in charge of the storehouses, which made him a powerful entity, but without this plan the people would have been goners.
So it turned out to be a pretty good plan.
Here in the rural Midwest, storehouses are also used. And you don’t TOUCH the grain until the farmer says it’s time. Only he wields the authority as to when the grain is supposed to come out and how much and for what use. One does not question the wisdom of the farmer.