US, states weigh farmland restrictions after Chinese balloon


Last updated 2/8/2023 at 10:52am

AP Photo/Matthew Brown

Cattle rancher Michael Miller drives his truck Tuesday on his family's land near the Musselshell River near Harlowton. After a suspected Chinese spy balloon flew over the U.S. the week before, lawmakers in at least 11 statehouses and Congress are weighing further restrictions on foreign ownership of U.S. farmland.

Matthew Brown and Sam Metz

Associated Press

HARLOWTON - Near the banks of Montana's Musselshell River, cattle rancher Michael Miller saw a large, white orb above the town of Harlowton last week, a day before U.S. officials revealed they were tracking a suspected Chinese spy balloon over the state. The balloon caused a stir in the 900-person town surrounded by cattle ranches, wind farms and scattered nuclear missile silos behind chain link fences.

Miller worries about China as a rising threat to the U.S., but questioned how much intelligence could be gained from a balloon. China's bigger t...

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