For those in the North Dakota House who supported House Bill 1388, it’s either a reenactment of ignorance or tone-deaf arrogance! Just two years ago, the Legislature, backed by the Farm Bureau, attempted to undo the corporate farming law that was enacted in the early 1930s to protect this state’s farmland from the theft by big money and uncontrolled corporate interests at a time when countless farms were going under from the Great Depression and the devastating drought.
The voters of this state back then had the wisdom and foresight to recognize the harm this would bring to not only rural America, but to this country as a whole. Two years ago the voters had that same recurring foresight to reaffirm this law which has survived many attempts by those of self-serving, foolish, resentful, and narrow-minded ideals. The Farm Bureau is purely resentful and spiteful because they were dealt a resounding defeat by the supermajority of 76 percent of the voters siding with the Farmers Union.
The change in the bill’s language adds “2nd cousins” to those allowed to incorporate together. I can’t imagine who would buy farmland with a first cousin, much less a second cousin. To my knowledge only two families have come forward who would use this "change," and one of them is a sponsor of this bill. This is a real problem when elected officials put themselves ahead of their duty to ethically do the work of the state (or country) for which they are elected.
Regardless of where you live in this state, please contact your senator and urge a resounding "no" vote on HB1388. This bill will hit the floor soon.
Perry Ostmo, Sharon