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Prohibits Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Lands

February 17, 2021
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WRITTEN BY Eleni Bickell

Laws that place constraints on ownership of agricultural land by nonresident aliens or foreign owners and businesses are not unanimous across the states. These laws range from general prohibitions on such ownership to a total absence of provisions dealing with this subject.

Missouri law restricts aliens and foreign businesses from acquiring by grant, purchase, devise or descent, agricultural land in the state and law caps are in place for foreign ownership of agricultural land at 1% of the state’s total agricultural acreage.

HB1136 specifies that no alien or foreign business can acquire agricultural land in the state of Missouri. Missouri is joining the other 33 states that have placed or are introducing laws that place constraints or prohibit foreign individuals or businesses to acquire or hold agricultural land.

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