Joe Biden’s Bureaucratic Land Grab
Earlier this year, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its proposed Public Lands rule. The rule seeks new regulations to prioritize “the health and resilience of ecosystems” across the 10% of American land the bureau manages.
NEWS RELEASE: AFPI Calls on Congress to Restrict Communist China’s Access to American Agricultural Land
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) released the following statement from Steve Yates, Chair of the China Policy Initiative at the America First Policy Institute, regarding the importance of passing federal legislation to prevent hostile foreign powers from accessing America’s farmland.
China and U.S. Agricultural Land: Tracking State Legislative Responses
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has positioned itself as an adversary of the U.S., politically and economically, with the stated intention of ensuring China overtakes America as the world’s leading power. Securing and dominating world food supply chains is an integral part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which also promotes hoarding computer chips, minerals, and other sensitive commodities. The CCP has realized that acquiring new land in the U.S. is key to this dominance, and so it has rapidly built up its American agricultural assets in recent years. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports, Chinese investors’ holdings of U.S. agricultural land surged from 13,720 acres in 2010 to 352,140 acres in 2020—a stunning 5,300% increase. In total, this land is worth approximately $1.9 billion. The average U.S. farm is 445 acres, so nearly 800 American families could be farming this acreage that is now controlled by the CCP.
NEWS RELEASE: AFPI Calls for Congressional Action to Protect American Farmland from China
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) released the following statement from Steve Yates, Chair of the China Policy Initiative at the America First Policy Institute, on the importance of quick legislative action to protect America’s agricultural land from hostile foreign takeover: “Our agricultural land and farmers are a strategic asset to America. The Communist Party of China, or any adversarial nation, cannot be allowed to dominate U.S. food markets.
FACT SHEET: Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Ownership of Agricultural Land is a Threat to South Carolina
The CCP DOES NOT have a right to own U.S. agricultural land, but it is taking advantage of our Nation’s vulnerabilities.