This fall the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) released the latest report on foreign holdings of U.S. agricultural land. The publication contains statistics through Feb. 28, 2008, regarding the 20.9 million acres of U.S. agricultural land in which foreign persons hold an interest.
The report, titled “Foreign Holdings of U.S. Agricultural Land,” is available on the FSA Website at www.fsa.usda. gov. The publication reports that foreigners have an interest (partial or total ownership) in 1.6 percent of all privately held U.S. agricultural land and 0.92 percent of all land in the United States.
This is a 1.4 million acre increase from 2007 and with the situation being fluid is escalating at this moment. The report includes a wide variety of figures and statistics, including a breakdown of land held by foreigners by the type of acreage:
Forest land – 58 percent;
Cropland – 13 percent;
Pasture and other agricultural land – 26 percent.
Countries that have foreigners holding the largest amount of land:
Canadians hold the largest amount of land: almost 7.3 million acres, or 34 percent.
People from these three countries collectively hold more than 6.7 million acres, or 31 percent of the foreign held acres in the U.S.:
Netherlands, almost 3.9 million acres (18 percent);
United Kingdom, over 1.5 million acres (7 percent);
and Germany, almost 1.4 million acres (6 percent).
The proportions of foreign-owned agricultural land to all privately owned agricultural land by state:
Maine has the largest amount of foreign held U.S. agricultural land at 3.35 million acres, or 18.7 percent of the privately held agricultural land in the state.
In Hawaii, 8.8 percent of private agricultural land is foreign held.
Washington (7.2 percent),Â Shame on you State of Washington, that you are in the top three foreign owned states.Â NoNAIS’er’s take note and use this info for your 2010 Legislative Presentations.
Nevada (5.2 percent),
and Alabama (5.1 percent) have the next largest proportions of foreign held land.
The publication’s findings are based on reports submitted in compliance with the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act of 1978 (AFIDA). The law was created to establish a nationwide system for the collection of information pertaining to foreign ownership in U.S. agricultural land.
10 minute Citizen:Â Call Congress and your State Representatives and Senators and tell them you demand American land remain in the hand of Americans.