Foreign investors own or lease around 37 million acres of U.S. ag land
Foreign investment in the nation’s cropland has nearly tripled in the past ten years.
According to USDA, the total cropland that was controlled by foreign interests in 2020 was 11 million acres, which was up from 4 million in 2010.
Overall, foreign investors own or lease 37 million acres of ag land. To put that into perspective, that is slightly larger than the state of Illinois. USDA says that most of the investments are for wind farms.