One major priority for Republicans in the Missouri legislature that fell short is limiting foreign ownership of farmland.
The House passed a bill that would have said no more than zero-point-5 percent of Missouri’s farmland could be owned by a foreign government or company, while the Senate sought a total ban.
Caleb Rowden is Senate President Pro-tem: “I think some outside voices got involved that kind of mucked up what we thought was a pretty good package…you know, it’s kind of a complex issue.”
The bill was driven by concerns that companies under the control of the Chinese government already own lots of agricultural land in the U-S.
It will most likely be a top priority next year.