North Dakotans Outraged as Bill Gates Buys $13.5 Million Potato Farm
North Dakotans are outraged as Bill Gates, the largest private farmland owner in the US, apparently buys a $13.5 million potato farm
American billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates who owns the largest rivate farmland has acquired a potato farm in North Dakota and local residents are not happy with the move.
The state’s agricultural commissioner, Doug Goehring told a local NBC affiliate earlier this week that the people are truly upset adding that there are those who are utterly livid about it.
“I’ve gotten a big earful on this from clear across the state, it’s not even from that neighborhood. Those people are upset, but there are others that are just livid about this.”
It should be recalled that earlier this month, AgWeek’s Mikkel Pates reported that the $13.5 million sale in November involved roughly 2,100 acres in the northeast corner of the state.
According to Pates, while “nobody involved in the deal seems eager to talk about it,” public records connected Gates and the buyer, Red River Trust.
At about $6,000 per acre, the potato farm cost roughly half of what Gates reportedly spent on highly coveted soil closer to his home in Washington.
At the time of writing this, Gates or his representatives are yet to publicly comment on the development.