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Governor’s order restricts foreign purchase of farmland near Missouri military sites

Citing “heightened concerns regarding ownership of Missouri farmland by foreign adversaries,” Gov. Mike Parson issued an executive order Jan. 3 to ban individuals and businesses from certain nations from purchasing agricultural property within a 10-mile radius of critical military facilities in the state.

“We are signing this order to safeguard our military and intelligence assets, prevent security threats to our state, and give Missourians greater peace of mind,” Gov. Parson said in a press conference. “When it comes to China and other foreign adversaries, we must take commonsense precautions.”

The order applies to all staffed military facilities in Missouri and does not affect existing landowners. Nations currently classified as foreign adversaries include China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia and Venezuela.

Currently, foreign agricultural land purchases are capped at 1% of the total agricultural land across the state. This new executive order creates more stringent requirements for these purchases and requires approval from the Missouri Department of Agriculture prior to any foreign acquisitions of agricultural land.

In announcing the order, Gov. Parson emphasized that this does not impact Missouri’s valued economic partnerships with foreign allies, especially those that have a longstanding presence in the state. In the last five years alone, foreign investment in Missouri has totaled nearly $19 billion and provided some 150,000 jobs.

The entire executive order can be viewed online at sos.mo.gov/library/reference/orders/2024/eo1.

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