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Senator Johnson announces his farmland protection law now effective

Office of State Senator Terry Johnson, Press Release

State Senator Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) Thursday announced a key operating budget provision that he wrote and championed protecting Ohio’s farmland from foreign adversaries is now effective.

The provision, entitled the Save Our Farmland and Protect Our National Security Act, prohibits individuals, businesses, organizations and governments that constitute a threat to Ohio or the United States, as designated by the Ohio Secretary of State, from purchasing farmland in Ohio.

“It is certainly obvious to me that our farmland should not be for sale to those who are a clear enemy of the United States, such as China. Thankfully, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and Governor DeWine agree,” said Senator Johnson, who moved the provision through the budget process. "Starting now, our state is better equipped to protect its resources and national security from those seeking to do us harm.”

Since the provision’s effective date of Oct. 3, the Ohio Secretary of State has published a list of all those currently prohibited from purchasing farmland in Ohio. If you believe a prohibited individual or entity has purchased land in violation of this section, you may send a report directly to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.

Take a look at the list of prohibited individuals and groups at

Senator Johnson represents the 14th District in the Ohio Senate, which encompasses all of Adams, Brown, Clermont and Scioto counties. Learn more at