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Indiana moves to ban China from purchasing or leasing farmland, land near military bases

Indiana legislators on both sides of the aisle ban china From purchasing or renting farmland; WTHR It was reported on Monday.

House Bill 1183 It seeks to prohibit “foreign adversaries” or “prohibited persons” from owning or leasing agricultural land in Indiana. Foreign adversaries are defined as nationals or entities of Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, and Cuba.

If passed, the bill would also ban the ownership or leasing of land near military bases, weapons depots and maintenance facilities. In addition, land purchasers must submit an affidavit confirming that they have no ties to prohibited countries.

The law creates an exception for students from foreign hostile countries who wish to attend college and rent apartments in Indiana.

The bill’s author, State Representative Kendell Culp (R), said: said“Indiana is one of the nation’s leading agricultural producing states, and we need to protect control of our critical farmland and food supply.”

Culp expressed concern about food security and national agricultural security, noting that as of 2022, foreign companies own more than 438,000 acres of land in Indiana.

“If we were to lose even a small portion of our food production, even a small portion, this would quickly become a national security issue.” Culp said:.

According to recent information, US Department of Agriculture Report, Chinese buyers Owns 384,235 acres About American land.

The bill previously received unanimous bipartisan support when it passed the House.

“This may be the most important bill we have in terms of ensuring the safety of all of Indiana,” Republican Sen. Gene Rising said.

brian kavanaughThe national security expert warned the Senate Agriculture Committee on Monday that “China is the greatest threat to our national security in a generation,” WTHR reported.

When Mr. Riesing told Mr. Kavanaugh that a Chinese company wanted to build a grain processing facility near the intersection of two railroads, Mr. Kavanaugh replied, “That’s absolutely correct.”

“They have done their homework and understand that it is in the best interest of the community to give them the access they want,” Kavanaugh explained.

Chris Daley, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, warned that the bill would penalize foreign nationals who legally reside in the United States.

“You’re telling them they’re no longer welcome here except as someone else’s employee. They can’t participate as an owner of a business if that includes owning or renting a store.” said Daly. “What happens when the rental contract is renewed? What happens if the rental contract changes? Will those people get involved?”

The Senate Agriculture Committee approved the bill on Monday. If passed, the bill would go into effect on July 1, and Indiana would join 24 other states that have approved similar laws restricting foreign adversaries from acquiring agricultural land.

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