A Chinese company paid $2.6 million for 300 acres of farmland in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The parcel of land’s location near a US Air Force base that houses sensitive drone technology has lawmakers on Capitol Hill worried about potential espionage by Beijing, according to a report.
Fufeng Group, a Shandong, China-based company that specializes in flavor enhancers and sugar substitutes, recently purchased the North Dakota farmland.
— New York Post (@nypost) July 1, 2022
“Grand Forks is also 40 miles away from Grafton, North Dakota, where a limited liability company believed to be controlled by billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates recently paid $13 million for thousands of acres of potato farmland,” the New York Post reports.
What the heck is happening in North Dakota?
Why is the state allowing billionaire depopulation-advocate Bill Gates and a Chinese firm to purchase thousands of acres of farmland?
— TexasLindsay™ (@TexasLindsay) July 2, 2022
Is this playing into an engineered collapse of America?
If we had media in this country they would be reporting that China just bought 300 acres of farmland in North Dakota next to Bill Gates monstrosity “farm” which are both next to secret US Air Force Bases.
Why are we letting billionaires & the Chinese buy our farmland?!#FJB
— PELOSI’S HANGOVER (@UghNotAgain) July 2, 2022
Interesting, considering all the farm land Bill Gates has also recently bought in North Dakota. Connection? https://t.co/S3PwatIMP2
— JacquiCline (@Cline3Jacqui) July 2, 2022
Three North Dakotans sold the land to Fufeng Group for $2.6 million, according to CNBC.
The New York Post reported:
Like the Gates-linked purchase, the sale of local farmland to a Chinese company sparked a visceral reaction, according to one of the sellers, Gary Bridgeford.
That’s because the land is just a 20-minute drive from Grand Forks Air Force Base, which is believed to be the home of some of the country’s most sophisticated military drone technology.
Bridgeford told CNBC that some locals planted signs on his front yard condemning the transaction.
“I’ve been threatened,” he said. “I’ve been called every name in the book for selling property.”
Another local business owner, however, said the fears are justified. Craig Spicer, who runs a trucking company adjacent to the new Chinese-owned land, told CNBC: “It makes me feel nervous for my grandkids. It makes me feel nervous for my kids.”
Bridgeford insists that fears the Chinese government would use the area as a staging point for espionage operations are unfounded.
“How would they gain any knowledge of the base?” he asked. “It’s about 12 miles away. It isn’t like its next door.”
Bridgeford added: “People hear the China stuff and there’s concern.”
“But everyone has a phone in their pocket that was probably made in China. Where do you draw the line?”
Fufeng Group said it is planning to use the land to build a $700 million corn milling plant that would create at least 200 jobs as well as residual opportunities for logistics, trucking, and other services.
But US military officials are raising the alarm nonetheless. Senior Air Force officers circulated a memo in April warning that the presence of Fufeng Group in Grand Forks, a town of just 60,000 people, was a national security threat.