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Foreign ownership of farmland: NALC webinar to discuss laws enacted in 2023

Twelve states, including Arkansas, have enacted a foreign ownership law in 2023.

By Tru Joi Curtis
National Agricultural Law Center
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Sept. 6, 2023

Fast facts:

  • Sept. 20 NALC webinar to address foreign ownership laws and state, federal proposals.
  • Webinar presenter is nationally recognized expert, NALC’s Micah Brown.
  • Registration is online.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In 2023, more than half of the nation's states either proposed bills or enacted laws to restrict foreign ownership of farmland. Now, federal lawmakers are eyeing similar proposals, said Micah Brown, National Agricultural Law Center staff attorney.

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Micah Brown, staff attorney for the National Agricultural Law Center, will present a Sept. 20 webinar discussing laws enacted in 2023 to restrcit foreign ownership of farmland.

Of the 24 states that have a law limiting foreign acquisitions of land within their state, 12 states — including Arkansas — enacted a foreign ownership law in 2023, Brown said.

“At the federal level, multiple bills have been introduced during the 118th Congress that seek to control or restrict certain foreign investments in U.S. farmland,” Brown said. “Proponents of these restrictions claim that U.S. national security regarding the nation’s food supply is being threatened due to foreign investments in U.S. farmland.”

Brown will discuss state foreign ownership laws enacted during this year’s legislative sessions, as well as federal proposals that seek to increase oversight and restrict foreign acquisitions in U.S. land, in the NALC’s upcoming webinar, “Who Owns the Farm? Foreign Ownership Legislative Update.” The webinar will be held on Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. Central/noon Eastern.

“There have been numerous updates since my last webinar, and I look forward to outlining some of those proposals and discussing the laws that have been passed,” Brown said. “This webinar will provide attendees with the necessary information to understand the current state of foreign ownership legislation.”

The recording of Brown’s Jan. 18 webinar on foreign ownership is available online.

Online registration for the Sept. 20 webinar is no cost.

A foreign ownership law restricts certain foreign individuals, foreign entities, or foreign governments from acquiring, transferring, holding, or investing in U.S. real estate, specifically including private agricultural land within the U.S. More information regarding foreign ownership can be found in the NALC’s resource, Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land: FAQs & Resource Library.

State laws for foreign ownership are very diverse- there is no generalized or uniform approach. These inconsistencies can make it difficult to understand restrictions of laws from state to state. More information on each state’s laws can be found in the NALC’s States Regulating Ownership of Agricultural Land compilation.

“Foreign ownership has emerged as a top issue in 2023 with many revelations and updates,” NALC Director Harrison Pittman said. “Micah has become a leading national expert on the topic, so we are thrilled to have him present again to share this new information.”

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About the National Agricultural Law Center

The National Agricultural Law Center serves as the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information. The NALC works with producers, state and federal policymakers, Congressional staffers, attorneys, land grant universities, and many others to provide objective, nonpartisan agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community.

The NALC is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and works in close partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library.

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. The Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service.

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