Senate passes Farm Bill; hemp closer to becoming a legal commodity

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16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger says, "This legislation is a big win for the 16th District of IL and marks the first time since 2002 that a new Farm Bill will be enacted in the same year that the old one expired".

A federal ban had effectively halted production of hemp for years over fears that it would pave the way for the cultivation of marijuana. The compromise also increases acreage in the Conservation Reserve Program and includes an act sponsored by Sen.

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Speier is already promising to work with House Republicans and Democrats in the next Congress to restore those provisions for the House.

The provision involving industrial hemp-defined by law as cannabis plants containing no more than 0.3% THC by weight-allows U.S. farmers to grow, process, and sell the plant and its products.

"They're all made possible because of the funding that the farm bill would provide", she said.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the Farm Bill.

"This bill is a strong start to addressing the issues our producers are facing right now, particularly our dairy farmers", U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said in a statement. "What we were trying to get at was, you want an individual member to have to pay if it is their own conduct, and that's what really bothers the public, understandably".

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The language of the bill had not been released as of Wednesday evening. John Kennedy (R-La.) said in a statement provided to LifeZette.

Heitkamp said the final bill mirrors the Senate's version "with a few minor tweaks".

"The farm bill is becoming more flexible to provide a reasonable amount of support" to farmers, says Dale Moore, executive vice president of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington and former chief of staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Republican Rep. -elect Dusty Johnson, who will take office in January, told Forum News Service Tuesday he doesn't think the package is ideal, but "It's an improvement over what we've had over the last five years".

Though some of the bill's contents were contested by representatives like Ted Yoho of Gainesville, he says having a farm bill will be positive for Florida.

Farmers are mostly happy to have some certainty about insurance and subsidy rules as they struggle to manage their money during Trump's trade war. The bill also funds the country's food stamp program "SNAP" for 40 million low-income Americans.

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