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Who Owns U.S. Agricultural Land?


Business  (tags: USA, land, foreign owned land, investments, business, farming, investors, money )

Carrie
- 205 days ago - modernfarmer.com
The USDA released a report today detailing foreign holdings of U.S. agricultural land as of December 2011, and it's pretty fascinating stuff. "Foreign persons" are defined as individuals who are not citizens of the U.S., foreign businesses and governments



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Comments

Birgit W. (135)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 1:07 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Roger Skinner (12)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 1:26 pm
So? It's not as if they can take it back home with them. Overall they own about 2%, not very significant.
 

David C. (25)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 1:56 pm
On Earth they've forgotten how to make everything except money.
But what good is it, if there's nothing worthwhile left to buy?
-- James P. Hogan "Outward Bound", 1999
 

Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 2:12 pm
Looks like there is NOTHING we won't do for money. Peace, Light and Love.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 2:14 pm
Noted. And, if the TPP passes, it will all be even so much worse. Please contact your members of Congress and tell them that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is very bad for Americans and should not be passed.
 

Elizabeth M. (64)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 3:34 pm
Noted. Canadian investors own the most reported foreign held agricultural and non-agricultural land, with 28 percent, or 7,250,834 acres. Foreign persons from the Netherlands own 19 percent, Germany owns 7, the United Kingdom owns 6 and Portugal owns 5. Together, 9,511,437 acres or 36 percent of foreign-held acres are owned by individuals or entities from these countries. I am surprised about Canada, also I am surprised the amount of land of forests owned by foreign investors!
Thanks for sharing Carrie/
 

Gloria picchetti (279)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 3:34 pm
Didn't foreign interests buy us out years ago? This is what speculation brings.
 

Laurie H. (673)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 7:19 pm
Thanks for sharing Carrie!~~~~
 

Jason S. (57)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 7:39 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 9:58 pm
Thanks for posting this Carrie. I'm not sure how many people are aware of this trend. I was also surprised about the amount owned by Canadian investors and I'm not sure what they are doing with the land. I know that Germans bought land to run factory pig farms which are disallowed in Germany itself. There is also quite a run on foreign owned urban areas. Canada faces the same trend with increasing amounts of land being bought by foreign interests, whether agricultural or urban. Chinese individuals and corporations are leading the pack on the west Coast of Canada, in some resort areas buying up almost whole towns. As years have progressed we have lost the ownership of almost all of our major stores in Canada, primarily being owned by American Interests which deal heavily with China. Even the oldest Canadian company, the Hudson's Bay Company, is American owned now.
 

GGmaSheila D. (89)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 10:54 pm
Not exactly surprised about foreign holdings...except for the amount of orest. Does this mean they can cut down all the tress without okay from our government? Scary thought that.
 

Julia R. (279)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 11:42 pm
I'm quite surprised that a substantial portion of privately owned land in the U.S. is owned by foreign entities.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday September 30, 2013, 8:15 am
Thank you for the news. This is outrageous.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Monday September 30, 2013, 9:15 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (60)
Monday September 30, 2013, 3:14 pm
noted, thanks
 

A F. (126)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 12:36 am
Noted, thank you!
 
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