BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is asking the state Supreme Court to close what he calls a loophole in North Dakota's law against corporate farming.

Stenehjem is challenging a judge's ruling that allows a nonprofit corporation to keep 527 acres of Griggs County land. Crosslands Inc. of Minneapolis bought the property for wildlife habitat six years ago.

Normally, nonprofit groups can't buy North Dakota farm and ranch land without the governor's permission.

The lower court ruling says 267 acres of the property is wetlands and doesn't qualify as agricultural land. It says the other 260 acres is needed to help Crosslands manage the wetlands.

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the case late Tuesday.

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