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On Thursday, President Donald Trump praised farmers across the country as true patriots, as he unveiled a $16 billion bailout plan for farmers struggling to make ends meet amid trade tensions between the U.S. and China.
“You could say with our farmers, they’re patriots,” Trump said, adding that his administration “will ensure that our farmers get the relief that they need.”
While America’s farmers might be “patriots,” American farmland is increasingly being bought up by outside investors. As NPR noted in a recent report, nearly 30 million acres of U.S. farmland were held by foreign investors in 2015, nearly double the acres owned by foreign investors a decade before.
Those are two words that are commonly used to stir up patriotic feelings. They are also words that can’t be be taken for granted, because today nearly 30 million acres of U.S. farmland are held by foreign investors. That number has doubled in the past two decades, which is raising alarm bells in farming communities.
When the stock market tanked during the last recession, foreign investors began buying up big swaths of U.S. farmland. And because there are no federal restrictions on the amount of land that can be foreign-owned, it’s been left up to individual states to decide on any limitations.
This is where the Republicans are way ahead of us. That is why we are creating a set of podcasts about “We Believe in Freedom. When you see it, please let us know if we are using the right words, and make suggestions. Our podcasts will be on iTunes and Tunein. We will announce on this webpage when the podcasts are ready.