According to South Dakota House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Chair Roger Chase, it has been a relatively quiet legislative session. While a bill proposing more strict regulations on foreign ownership of farmland was killed, Chase says House Bill 1189 is a good starting point. “This will get us to know what is out there for foreign ownership now as well as tje leases going on in agriculture.” By collecting information when filing renewals with the South Dakota Secretary of State, this bill will identify any current foreign ownership or involvement of ag land. Working groups will determine best steps moving forward to enhance protection from foreign buyers or investors, especially ones hostile to the U.S. and to the State of South Dakota. The full interview with Representative Chase is available here. The South Dakota legislative session ends this week.
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