John Boyd Jr., the President of the National Black Farmers Association, is a Virginia-based farmer who has expressed concerns about the increasing trend of wealthy individuals and foreign investors – such as Bill Gates and Chinese entities – purchasing U.S. farmland. He emphasizes that this surge in land acquisition by non-farming interests may have significant impacts on American farmers, particularly small and minority farmers. Boyd Jr. urges the government to take necessary steps in addressing potential threats to food security, maintaining U.S. agricultural independence, and ensuring fair opportunities for domestic farmers in this evolving landscape of land ownership dynamics. His statements highlight the need for a national discussion on the long-term implications and potential consequences of allowing such large-scale acquisitions by non-farmers within the vital American agriculture sector.
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The fact that other countries can buy American farmland seems criminal on it’s face.
A foreign government should not be allowed to buy any land in our country PERIOD!