(NewsGlobal.com)- Dusty Johnson, a Republican congressman from South Dakota, is urging Bill Gates to go before Congress and respond to issues regarding his extensive property acquisition. Gates has amassed the most acreage of any private American landowner, receiving the mocking title “Farmer Bill” from Gates’ detractor Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Some are asking why Gates would want to acquire such a large amount of farmland, claiming he is attempting to seize control of a portion of our food supply as supply problems endanger American stability.
Attorney General of North Dakota Drew Wrigley recently looked into Gates’ acquisition of acreage using a front LLC, but Wrigley ultimately approved the transaction.
Now that Gates is being questioned, Congressman Dusty Johnson of South Dakota is taking the initiative.
Will Gates’ agricultural purchases be halted by yet another worrying letter from a Republican congressman?
Congressman Dusty Johnson wrote to the head of the House Agriculture Committee, suggesting they invite Mr. Bill Gates to speak regarding his agricultural interests and practices before the Agriculture Committee.
Johnson said in the letter that recent reports have shown that Mr. Gates is the most significant private landowner in America; he currently owns close to 270,000 acres of farmland spread over 19 states. According to the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, the typical farm size in 2021 was 445 acres. “I believe that Mr. Gates’ holdings across much of our nation are a significant portion that the Committee should not ignore,” Johnson wrote.
Johnson said the Committee should be curious about Mr. Gates’ ownership and development plans for his land because he has been a strong proponent of “synthetic meat. He said that according to a comment by Mr. Gates from 2021, “all wealthy nations should switch to 100% synthetic beef to tackle climate change.”
“As the lone Congressional representative from South Dakota, where there are more than four beef cattle for every citizen, and as the ranking member of the subcommittee on livestock and foreign agriculture,” wrote Johnson.
He said that Mr. Gates’ ambitions in agriculture fascinate him. He appreciates their leadership and looks forward to working with them to decide how farming will develop in the United States.