Attorney General Intervenes After Bill Gates Buys a Noticeable Amount of Farmland in North Dakota

On Tuesday, the Attorney General of North Dakota sent a letter to Red River Trust, a group tied to billionaire Bill Gates, asking them to prove that the company’s use of recently purchased land does not violate North Dakota’s Corporate Farming Laws.
“I’ve gotten a big earful on this from clear across the state, it’s not even from that neighborhood,” said Agricultural Commissioner Doug Goehring. “Those people are upset, but there are others that are just livid about this.”
Under North Dakota law, there are “certain limitations on the ability of trusts to own farmland or ranchland. The Corporate or Limited Liability Company Farming Law has certain exceptions, such as permitting registered family farms or allowing the use of the land for business purposes,” said the letter.


It continued, “Our office needs to confirm how your company uses this land and whether this use meets any of the statutory exceptions, such as business purpose exceptions, such as the business purpose exception, so that we may close this case and file it in our inactive files.”

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