Homeowners Pass Newhouse Amendment to Protect U.S. Farmland Ownership

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On June 23, the US House Appropriations Committee unanimously passed an amendment proposed the same day by US Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) to prevent foreign adversaries from owning US farmland.

“Ensuring that our adversaries cannot control our agriculture and our food supply is a matter of national security, and I will not back down in this fight,” the congressman said last week.

Specifically, Rep. Newhouse’s amendment to the Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriation Bill for Agriculture, Rural Development, the Food and Drug Administration, and related agencies would prohibit the purchase of farmland in the United States. by companies owned, in whole or in part, by the People’s Republic of China, Russia, North Korea or Iran.

“China, Russia, Iran and North Korea are not our allies, and it is imperative that we do not allow these adversaries to gain a foothold on American soil, especially since our food supply is already weakened by the poor policy decisions of this administration,” Rep. Newhouse said.

According to information provided by Representative Newhouse’s office, six states – Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Dakota and Oklahoma – have laws prohibiting foreign ownership of farmland, although restrictions on Chinese land ownership may be bypassed by Chinese investors who buy large US companies that own farmland.

The House Appropriations Committee voted 31 to 26 to pass the appropriation bill, which would provide $27.2 billion in funding for fiscal year 2023, an 8% increase over funding for the 2023 fiscal year. 2022. The bill now heads to the full chamber for action.

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