KATIE BRITT, Senator for Alabama

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2024 — U.S. Senator Katie Britt (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, recently joined her colleagues in introducing legislation to combat the rise in American land ownership by foreign adversaries as well as cyber threats to our nation’s critical agricultural sector.

“Food security is national security. We can’t lose sight of the fact that the Chinese Communist Party is our greatest geopolitical and national security threat, and everything they do is as our adversary. These bipartisan, commonsense bills help ensure the proper tools are in place to safeguard American farmland from the CCP and other foreign adversaries, so hardworking families across our nation will continue to have a reliable food supply for generations to come,” said Senator Britt.

The first piece of legislation is the Farm and Food Cybersecurity Act, which is led by Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). This bill would strengthen cybersecurity protecting the agriculture and food critical infrastructure sectors and identify vulnerabilities and improve protective measures of both the government and private groups against cyber threats.

The Farm and Food Cybersecurity Act would:

This legislation is supported by the American Farm Bureau Federation, North American Millers Association, National Grain and Feed Association, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council, USA Rice, Agricultural Retailers Association, American Sugar Alliance, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to Senator Britt, cosponsors of the Farm and Food Cybersecurity Act include Senators Pete Ricketts (R-Nebr.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), and Mike Rounds (R-S.Dak.).

The text of the bill can be found here.

Additionally, Senator Britt joined Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and nine of their colleagues in introducing legislation to collect more information about foreign ownership of agricultural land in the United States. The Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) Improvements Act of 2024 would amend the AFIDA Act of 1978 to improve the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) processes for combatting nefarious foreign ownership of American agricultural land by adversaries.

The AFIDA Improvements Act of 2024 would:

Cosponsors of the AFIDA Improvements Act of 2024, in addition to Senator Britt, include Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Roger Marshall (R-Kans.), John Fetterman (D-Penn.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.).

The text of the bill can be found here.

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