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Farmers Union opposes potential land ownership changes


Eau Claire (WQOW) - A Wisconsin farming group says they will be lobbying against part of Governor Walker's budget proposal. The Wisconsin Farmers Union says part of Governor Walker's plan includes eliminating limits on the amount of land foreign individuals, corporations, or governments can buy. Currently, no more than 640 acres of land in Wisconsin may be purchased. By having its members reach out to their lawmakers, the union hopes to keep Wisconsin land in the hands of locals.

"Land prices could be driven up because if you've got an outside investor, they have money to invest and can pay more for land than what it might really be worth. So that's going to put pressure on neighboring farms that might be interested in that farm to go a lot higher than they would want to pay for that land just to keep it in the local community," said Darin Von Ruden, Wisconsin Farmers Union President.

There are some exceptions already in place for the land ownership rule. For example, train companies that have rails running across the state do not have to follow the purchase limits currently in place. 

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