Gov. Holcomb Signs Culp’s Bill Banning ‘Foreign Adversaries’ from Buying Indiana Farmland into Law

Governor Eric Holcomb (R-IN) speaking at the Indiana Statehouse in November 2023. Photo: C.J. Miller / Hoosier Ag Today.

On Friday, Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-IN) signed a bill into law that bans China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela from owning or leasing farmland in Indiana.

The bill (House Bill 1183), which was written and introduced by Rep. Kendell Culp (R-District 16), also prevents China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea from buying any real estate within 10 miles of all military installations in Indiana.

Rep. Culp issued the following statement to Hoosier Ag Today:

“Thank you to Gov. Holcomb for protecting Hoosiers by signing HB1183 into law today. Indiana farmland and military installations will be protected from those countries who wish to do us harm. Our food and water supply will remain in the hands of Hoosier farmers and property owners as it should. 

“We cannot afford to let our enemies control even a fraction of our food supply or conduct surveillance near our military resources.  HB1183 will provide peace of mind for Hoosiers. I’m proud to author the legislation and thank Sen. Jean Leising for sponsoring it in the senate. It’s an exciting day for the citizens of Indiana.”

The bill had received unanimous support from both the Indiana House and Senate.

The new law takes effect July 1, 2024.

Click HERE to read the full text of the bill.

State Rep. Kendell Culp (R-16th District) files House Bill 1183 at the Indiana Statehouse in January 2024. Photo courtesy of Kendell Culp.


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