North Dakota voters side with family farms and continue 84-year-old ban on corporate ownership

by Alex McLeese

Looking north-northwest at the Fisher Place farm (part of the Evanson family farm) in McKenzie County, North Dakota, east of Arnegard and west of Watford City. Photo: ©©Tim Evanson
Looking north-northwest at the Fisher Place farm (part of the Evanson family farm) in McKenzie County, North Dakota, east of Arnegard and west of Watford City. Photo: ©©Tim Evanson

North Dakota voters have rejected a measure that would have permitted corporations to own and to operate dairy and pork farms of up to 640 acres.  75.7 percent of voters were opposed. North Dakota is one of only nine states that prohibit or limit corporate farming.