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By our count: Seventh attempt to put Agriculture Secretary on CFIUS

By our count: Seventh attempt to put Agriculture Secretary on CFIUS

Let’s just say we’ve seen this movie before. A Republican Senator has floated a bill that would add the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture as a permanent member of CFIUS, and would require that the Committee review agriculture real estate purchases. Details, and why this may be irrelevant, are inside.

Senators call for review of farm-land purchase in North Dakota

Senators call for review of farm-land purchase in North Dakota

Two weeks ago, we noted in our downloadable spreadsheet of CFIUS disclosures that the Committee was “apparently interested” in real-estate acquisitions by Fufeng Group in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Now, a group of U.S. Senators has crafted a letter making sure it’s a priority.

Foreign ownership of U.S. forest, crop land up 54% over last decade

Foreign ownership of U.S. forest, crop land up 54% over last decade

According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, foreign individuals and entities now own nearly 3 percent of all privately held U.S. agricultural land. That number is up significantly over the last decade. Details, implications, contacts, and the relevance to CFIUS are inside.

Congressional leaders look to ban Chinese purchases of U.S. land

Congressional leaders look to ban Chinese purchases of U.S. land

Several U.S. Congressmen have floated a bill that would prohibit foreign nationals from purchasing land in the U.S. While acknowledging CFIUS has jurisdiction over certain real estate deals, they say “more action is needed” to make the rules more strict. Details and context are inside.

Latest bill another attempt to put Secretary of Agriculture on CFIUS

Latest bill another attempt to put Secretary of Agriculture on CFIUS

Fresh on the heels of the FARM Act in early October, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has floated yet another bill that would give the Secretary of Agriculture permanent representation on CFIUS. This particular bill has additional twists. Details and context are inside.

Louisiana senator wants CFIUS to review Chinese “greenfield” deals

Louisiana senator wants CFIUS to review Chinese “greenfield” deals

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) has introduced legislation that would put Chinese “greenfield” initiatives under the purview of CFIUS. Kennedy, who floated a similar bill last year, says the move will prevent Beijing from “gaming our system.” Details, the legislation, and more are inside.

Latest bill yet another attempt to put Agriculture Secretary on CFIUS

Latest bill yet another attempt to put Agriculture Secretary on CFIUS

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives has floated yet another bill that would put the Secretary of Agriculture on CFIUS, and add agriculture-specific criteria to foreign investment reviews. Complete details, context, and a wrap-up of related prior efforts are inside.

Congressmen want U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on CFIUS (again)

Congressmen want U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on CFIUS (again)

For the second, no, third time, Congressional leaders have introduced legislation that would put the Secretary of Agriculture on CFIUS. Inside is an update on the legislation, the actual bill, the prior attempts, and insights on why it matters (or not).

State’s foreign control study yields questions on CFIUS, food supply

State’s foreign control study yields questions on CFIUS, food supply

A state rep. in America’s heartland has proposed a bill that would study foreign ownership of agricultural land. Citing shortcomings of federal regulations, the resolution raises interesting jurisdictional questions for CFIUS. Details, the bill, context, expert insights, contacts, and more are inside.

Senators continue push to add Agricultural Secretary to CFIUS

Senators continue push to add Agricultural Secretary to CFIUS

Following up on a House bill introduced last month, two U.S. Senators have introduced legislation that would formally place the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture as a member of CFIUS. Details, the full bill, the companion House bill, and recent historical context is inside.