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Jul 21, 2010

Foreign Interests Own 1.7% US Private Farmland

On 21 July 2010 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its annual report reviewing ownership of U.S. farmland by foreign interests. 

According to the USDA report, as of March 2009, foreign interests owned 22.2 million acres of U.S. farmland, an increase of 1.3 million acres from 2008 and 1.7% of all privately held U.S. farmland.

A breakdown of agricultural land held by foreign persons by the type of acreage: Forest land (59%); Cropland (14%), and Pasture and other agricultural land (27%).

The citizens from the following countries have the largest holdings: Canada, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Germany.

States with the highest percentage of foreign owned farmland are: Maine, Hawaii, Washington, Nevada and Alabama.

For more see:
USDA Publishes Annual Report on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Agricultural Land, USDA Press Release, 21 July 2010.

USDA. Foreign Holdings of U.S. Agricultural Land Through 28 February 2009. Washington, D.C.: USDA, 21 July 2010.

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