Iowa is looking to crack down on foreign ag land ownership

It would allow the State Attorney General to issue subpoenas while investigating land ownership, and would also stiffen punishments for foreign entities that do not file with the state, or who submit false reports.

More states are taking aim at foreign ag land ownership. Iowa’s Senate passed a bill strengthening laws in the Hawkeye State.

It would allow the State Attorney General to issue subpoenas while investigating land ownership, and would also stiffen punishments for foreign entities that do not file with the state, or who submit false reports. Iowa Secretary of Ag Mike Naig says he applauds the move and looks forward to the bill getting the governor’s signature.

Recently, the South Dakota House passed a bill that could ban farmland ownership by governments or nationals of Iran, Russia, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, and China.

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