Corporate activity in production agriculture has been an object of public debate in the United States and in Nebraska for a long time. During the 1960s, foreign nationals began buying agricultural land, particularly in the Midwest. At about the same time, corporations such as Gates Rubber Company and Blackwatch Farms acquired large tracts of land. Many people saw this as a threat to the family farm and, subsequently, sought restrictions on corporate ownership of agricultural land.
Johnson, Bruce and Aiken, David J., "Corporate Farming and Corporate Farming Restrictions in Nebraska" (1988). Publications Archives, 1963-2000. 320.