Report: Entity linked to billionaire Bill Gates under investigation after purchase over 2K acres of farmland in North Dakota

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NORTH DAKOTA – According to a report from New York Post, an entity linked to billionaire Bill Gates purchased 2,100 acres of potato farmland in northern North Dakota, angering local residents and prompting the state’s prosecutor to intervene.

Public records cited by AgWeek show that the Gates-linked Red River Trust bought the farmland from the owners of Campbell farms, a potato farming group that has its headquarters in Grafton, North Dakota.

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring spoke with KFYR, stating that the public reaction to the purchase has been negative. He said in a statement:

“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.”

According to the Associated Press, Gates, whose net work was pegged by Bloomberg at $113 billion, has quietly amassed nearly 270,000 acres of farmland across the country.

Gates is also considered the larges private owner of farmland in the country with some 269,000 acres across dozens of states. Breitbart News previously reported that:

“The tech billionaire owns 69,071 acres in Louisiana, 47,927 acres in Arkansas, and 20,588 in Nebraska. Gates also owns land in Arizona (25,750 acres), Illinois (17,940), Mississippi (16,963), Washington (16,097), Florida (14,828), Idaho (9.233), Indiana (9,136), Ohio (8,915), California (4,500), Colorado (2,270), Michigan (2,167), Wisconsin (1,188), Wyoming (975), North Carolina (874), Iowa (552), and New Mexico (1).”

The report continued:

“While Gates is still the top farmland owner in the U.S., not all of the property he owns is farmland. As the Land Report notes, 24,800 acres of the land is transitional, located on the western edge of Phoenix, the tenth-largest metropolitan area in the country, and the most populous city in Arizona.”

The trustee of Red River Trust is Peter Headley, who identifies himself on his LinkedIn page as head of agriculture investment management at Investment Management Co.

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A 2020 article by NFU Mutual Charitable Trust claimed that Headley once headed an entity called “Cottonwood,” which was described as an “ag-investment platform” for Bill and Melinda Gates.

North Dakota State Attorney General Drew Wrigley wrote a letter to Red River Trust, care of Headley, notifying it that corporations and limited liability companies were “prohibited from owning or leasing farmland or ranchland in the state of North Dakota.”

Wrigley wrote that these entities were also barred from “engaging in farming or ranching.” The letter added:

“In addition, the law places certain limitations on the ability of trusts to own farmland or ranchland.”

Reportedly, the land, most of which is non-irrigated, was transferred to Red River Trust on November 2nd and November 3rd of 2021. Red River Trust filed paperwork with the office of the secretary of state of North Dakota on February 15, 2022.

The entity shares the same address as Campbell farms. The trust and Headley were given 30 days to respond to the letter. The letter states:

“Our office needs to confirm how your company uses this land and whether this use meets any of the statutory exceptions, such as the business purpose exception, so that we may close this case and file it in our inactive files.”

In 2021, in an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit, Gates said his “investment group” was behind the purchases and suggested that it was linked to see and biofuel development. He wrote:

“The agriculture sector is important. With more productive seeds we can avoid deforestation and help Africa deal with the climate difficulty they already face. It is unclear how cheap biofuels can be but if they are cheap it can solve the aviation and truck emissions.”

Wrigley’s office said it had “come to our attention” that Red River Trust” may have acquired land for farming or ranching in Pembina County on November 4, 2021.

A corporation or LLC “found in violation” of the law has up to a year to divest itself from the land or face a penalty “up to $100,000.”

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Elementary school counselor under state investigation for standing in opposition to gender reassignment surgery in children

May 26th, 2022

MILWAUKEE, WI- According to a report from the Daily Wire, a Milwaukee elementary school counselor is under investigation by the state of Wisconsin for speaking out against and opposing gender reassignment surgery in children.

The school counselor, who has been identified as Marissa Darlingh, received a letter from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) on April 29th warning her that her state-issued license may very well be revoked if the investigation concludes that she engaged in “immoral conduct” while attending a rally in Madison. The allegations in the letter state:

“According to a report and video submitted by a community member, you participated in an event in Madison on April 23, 2022 in which you identify yourself as an elementary school counselor. You are on video saying, “(expletive) transgenderism”.

You are also on video stating you oppose gender identity ideology from entering your school building. You say none of your students will ever transition socially or medically under your “(expletive) watch”. You state you do not believe children should have access to hormones or surgery.”

According to a report from The Center Square, Darlingh acknowledged being at the rally where she was one of several speakers. She said:

“I oppose gender ideology ever entering the walls of my school building. Over my dead … body will my students be exposed to the heart of gender identity ideology. Not a single one of my students under my … watch will ever, ever transition socially, and sure as hell not medically.”

DPI warned her that the investigation will “determine if there is probable cause to support allegations of immoral conduct” and gave her the option to resign ahead of the investigation.

However, Darlingh chose to fight for her rights instead and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty has vowed to sue on behalf of Darlingh if the state tries to suspend or revoke her license over her opposition to gender reassignment surgery or use of profanity.

Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty’s Luke Berg said in a statement:

“The state is, quite simply, trying to punish a public-school counselor for her views on gender ideology. This is a classic, clear-cut violation of the First Amendment and the state can expect a federal lawsuit if it proceeds.”

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Darlingh stated that nothing is going to change her mind about the issue and that she will continue to stand firm in her convictions. She said:

“My views on the harms of gender ideology to children are informed by a desire to serve and protect children. That’s why I got into education. I will love and serve every child under my care, no matter what, but I won’t recant under threat from the state.”

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The very end of the DPI’s letter to Darlingh stated:

“Also, please be aware that at any point during the investigation, you have the opportunity to voluntarily surrender your license and bring the DPI’s investigation of this matter to a close. If you do want to surrender your license, please carefully review the attached surrender agreement and if you agree, please sign the agreement and return it to me in the envelope included.”

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City proposes “guaranteed income” program for transgender, nonbinary residents to combat “discrimination” against them

April 1st, 2022

PALM SPRINGS, CA — The Palm Springs City Council recently voted to allocate $200,000 from two local nonprofits to begin a payment program exclusively for its transgender and nonbinary residents.

City Council members voted unanimously on March 24 to pay DAP Health and Queer Works to design the program and apply for state funding, which is the first of three phases outlined in a city report to realize the proposed project, according to a report by BPR.

Queer Works is a Coachella Valley-based nonprofit aimed primarily at addressing disparities faced by transgender, nonbinary and intersex people while DAP Health is a nonprofit resource in the valley for those with, affected by or at risk for HIV or AIDS, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

Jacob Rostovsky, Queer Works’ transgender executive director, told Newsweek it is expected that the program will be similar to guaranteed income pilot programs launched in other U.S. cities.

Rostovsky said other cities that have experimented with guaranteed income on average have given 150 people monthly payments of $600 to $900:

“This is a chance to help individuals receive money that we can think of as a subsidy — to subsidize the gap in income that the trans and nonbinary community faces due to having some of the highest levels of unemployment in this country.

“So, when you raise them up to the average level, they achieve a lot more.”

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Rostovsky told the Los Angeles Times that Queer Works has been “highly encouraged” to apply for a piece of California’s $35 million in funding for guaranteed income pilot programs.

The state’s plan, approved last year, targets pregnant women and young adults who have aged out of the foster care system, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Rostovsky noted that 5 percent of foster youth identify as transgender.

Newsweek reported:

“The two nonprofits will look for philanthropic dollars to fund the program. Additionally, they’ll look at ways to tap into a $35 million fund created by California lawmakers to provide monthly payments to pregnant women and young adults who’ve recently left foster care.

“The new pot of money would be distributed by local governments and nonprofits.

“The idea of no-strings cash payments has increasingly taken hold in the U.S. Presidential candidate Andrew Yang made it the centerpiece of his campaign, most Americans were given direct cash payments during the height of the pandemic and a group called Mayors for a Guaranteed Income is evaluating other local pilot programs.”

A 2019 study by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute suggested that poverty rates differ by sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI):

“We examined poverty rates separately for cisgender straight men and women, cisgender gay men and lesbian women, cisgender bisexual men and women, and transgender people.

  • “LGBT people collectively have a poverty rate of 21.6%, which is much higher than the rate for cisgender straight people of 15.7%.
  • “Among LGBT people, transgender people have especially high rates of poverty—29.4%.
  • “Lesbian (17.9%) and straight (17.8%) cisgender women have higher poverty rates than gay (12.1%) and straight (13.4%) cisgender men. But cisgender lesbian women do not have significantly different poverty rates than cisgender straight women.
  • “Bisexual cisgender women (29.4%) and men (19.5%) had higher poverty rates than cisgender straight women and men, respectively.”

The study noted that U.S. poverty is determined based on whether the income for an individual or family unit falls below the official federal poverty threshold:

“The thresholds are set each year for different sizes of households. In 2015, for example, a family of two adults and one child would be considered living in poverty if their annual income fell below $19,078.”

Newsweek reported that Palm Springs Council Member Christy Holstege, who was the previous mayor, said during Thursday’s council meeting:

“This is a complete revisiting of how we address poverty in this country by giving people money.”

Holstege claimed that restrictions on other government anti-poverty programs end up trapping their recipients, but a guaranteed income can allow people to spend money on “other solutions that we all know as being the experts of our lives.”

Los Angeles Times reported:

“Councilmember Christy Holstege, who brought the matter to the meeting, said Monday that she felt ‘incredibly proud’ of the city for coming down on ‘the right side of history and supporting our trans and nonbinary, gender-nonconforming community.’

“Like other guaranteed income programs, the pilot would provide direct cash payments to individuals to spend as they see fit. That sets it apart from some financial assistance programs that come with work requirements or specify how the money can be spent.”

Proponents say these types of programs promote physical and psychological well-being by giving some of society’s most marginalized groups a financial life vest.

However, Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton, who is transgender, cast doubt on the viability of guaranteed income programs and questioned if they should even be run by municipal governments.

KESQ News reported that Mayor Middleton was worried about the small scale of the project despite 400,000 people living below the poverty line in Riverside County.

Before ultimately voting in favor of the program, Middleton said:

“My serious concern is the ability of these guaranteed income programs to scale up to the magnitude of the issues that are before us.”

Palm Springs Council Member Greg Kors suggested the program was a worthy money redistribution experiment:

“But it would be money that may be much more effectively spent than it’s being spent now and that’s what this is trying to find out.”

Los Angeles Times reported:

“At this point, the pilot program still needs more funding to fully launch.

“When reached Monday, Rostovsky said some of the details concerning the program discussed at the recent council meeting — including a total reported budget of $1.8 million — were preliminary figures.

“Besides state funding, the partnership seeks philanthropic support and could come back to the city to ask for more money — which several council members said they might not be willing to allot.

“Over the next three to six months, Rostovsky said the partnership will work on putting together an application, seek input from local transgender and nonbinary leaders and conduct outreach.”

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