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Foreign ag land ownership returns to state legislative session

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Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor says he’s expecting to see more foreign ag land ownership bills in the upcoming state legislative session.

Lawmakers couldn’t reach an agreement on foreign ag land ownership this year and Mike Kehoe tells Brownfield he’s optimistic a balance can be found in the next session, which starts January 3.

“Where we can have our safety, we don’t have our foreign enemies owning land next to us and we also protect the jobs that are here, operating under some of these conditions.”

He says lawmakers are trying to determine if Missouri’s current foreign ag land ownership law is doing what it should…

“It’s a 1% cap right now and there’s been conversations about making that zero and a half of a percent, changing that cap a bit.”

Missouri Farm Bureau delegates are expected to talk more about foreign ag land ownership during a policy session at the annual meeting.

Foreign ag land ownership returns to state legislative session