New York Bill Would Ban Ownership of Agricultural Land by “Foreign Adversaries”

New York Assembly Bill 6444 would prohibit “foreign adversaries,” including China, North Korea, Cuba, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela, from purchasing agricultural land in New York State. The bill also would require the state Department of Agriculture and Markets to compile a report that details the total amount of agricultural land that is under foreign ownership and the purpose for which foreign-owned agricultural land is being used. If enacted, New York will join fourteen other states that already have prohibited foreign ownership of private agricultural land by certain foreign nations. The bill has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Judiciary.