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Lawmakers across the country have sounded the alarm on foreign influence over agricultural production and national security in the U.S., but a Forbes article published in March states that 18 other countries own more agricultural land nationwide than China. 

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HB 1355 and its companion SB 264 would restrict ownership of land and property by those from seven “countries of concern” — including Cuba, Venezuela and Russia — a response to reports of a Chinese company buying farmland next to a North Dakota Air Force base last year.