Senator Hoeven Urges Tough Approach on China Amid Concerns Over Farmland Acquisitions

Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and North Dakota GOP Congressman, emphasized the need for the United States to adopt a firm stance when dealing with China. His comments come amid concerns about Chinese acquisitions of U.S. farmland.

During an appearance on “The Record with Greta Van Susteren,” Hoeven expressed his apprehension not only about Chinese land purchases but also those by other countries. He emphasized the significance of preventing individuals and entities from China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea from acquiring farmland and related companies in the United States. To address these concerns, Hoeven mentioned that legislation has been proposed to safeguard critical U.S. assets.

According to a 2021 report from the Department of Agriculture, China currently owns around 384,000 acres of agricultural land in the U.S. Among these holdings, 85 Chinese investors—comprising individuals, companies, or the government—possess 195,000 acres valued at approximately $2 billion. The remaining 189,000 acres, worth $235 million, are owned by 62 U.S. corporations with Chinese shareholders.

Hoeven’s remarks underscore the need to address foreign acquisitions of American farmland and critical assets, recognizing the potential risks they pose to national interests and security.