On Wednesday, Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse, both Republicans, proposed legislation that would prevent non-resident aliens, companies, and entities linked to the Chinese government from acquiring agricultural land in the United States. The “Prohibition of Agricultural Land for the People’s Republic of China Act” would also block these entities from participating in any programs beyond food safety inspections offered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In 2019, according to the USDA, Chinese foreign investors owned over 191,000 acres of both agricultural and non-agricultural land in the U.S.
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The bill was introduced in response to Grand Forks, North Dakota Mayor Brandon Bochenski’s attempt to prevent China’s Fufeng Group from constructing a corn mill on 370 acres acquired near Grand Forks Air Force Base. When the project was initially announced in 2021, it was welcomed by local officials, but Air Force Assistant Secretary Andrew Hunter later stated that it posed “a significant threat to national security.”
According to Mike Marinella, the press secretary for Rep. Newhouse, the introduction of the bill was not motivated by the Grand Forks corn mill project, but rather it served as another illustration of the potential threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party. Rep. Rodgers agrees with this viewpoint, stating that “Americans should not be dependent on China for their food supply” and that banning Chinese purchases of farmland in the U.S. would boost domestic food production and reduce dependence on foreign adversaries.
The bill is a necessary step in protecting American farmland from foreign adversaries and ensuring that Americans have access to food produced domestically. It is also important to recognize that this bill is part of a larger effort to protect American interests from threats posed by foreign entities. The bill is a reminder that the United States must remain vigilant in protecting its citizens and resources from potential threats.
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