The recent purchase of 2,100 acres of prime North Dakota farmland by a group tied to billionaire Bill Gates, has sparked outrage among residents whose complaints have prompted the state’s top prosecutor to intervene.
Many people in the state believe they are being exploited by the ultra-wealthy.
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Public records cited by AgWeek show that the Gates-linked Red River Trust bought the farmland from the owners of Campbell Farms, a potato farming group that is headquartered in Grafton, North Dakota.
Gates is already considered the largest private owner of farmland in the US with some 269,000 acres in dozens of states according to last year’s edition of the Land Report 100, an annual survey of the nation’s largest landowners.
Fox Business reports: In question is a Depression-era law meant to protect family farms.
North Dakota’s attorney general has asked the trust involved in the purchase to explain how it plans to use the land in order to meet rules outlined in the state’s anti-corporate farming law.
The law prohibits all corporations or limited liability companies from owning or leasing farmland or ranchland, with some exceptions.
“I don’t know that it’s quite as volatile a situation as some have depicted,” North Dakota Republican Attorney General Drew Wrigley told The Associated Press Thursday. “It’s taken off, it’s all over the planet, but it’s not me sticking a finger in the eye of Bill Gates. That’s not what this is.”
The state’s Agriculture Commissioner, Republican Doug Goehring, told a North Dakota TV station that some residents feel they are being exploited by the ultra-rich who buy land but do not necessarily share the state’s values.
“I’ve gotten a big earful on this from clear across the state, it’s not even from that neighborhood. Those people are upset, but there are others that are just livid about this,” Goehring told KFYR.
Goehring, who is currently on a state-sponsored trade mission to the United Kingdom, did not immediately respond to a list of questions emailed by the AP.
Now that Gates is seizing control of America’s farmland is it a coincidence that globalist institutions like the UN have suddenly started warning about an incoming global food shortage?
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