Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin has ordered Syngenta-owned Northrup King Seed Co. to sell 160 acres of land in the state because of their Chinese roots.
Arkansas is giving Syngenta two years to sell its acreage in the northeastern part of the state, stating national security as the primary reason. According to Reuters, the global seed company is unsurprisingly discontent over the order.
“We continue to make significant capital investments in the United States that directly benefit American farmers and the economy as a whole — more than $315 million in recent year,” Syngenta shares on their site.
This includes individuals or entities connected to a country subject to the federal International Traffic in Arms Regulations, meaning China.
If Syngenta does not willingly sell its land, the governor says that it can be forced out of the state with legal action. The state is also fining Syngenta $280,000, 25 percent of the reported fair market value of the property, for allegedly failing to report their foreign ownership on time.
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Author: Heidi Crnkovic