Federal farm bill legalizes hemp, assists dairy farmers, protects maple industry

Peter Welch

The House voted 369-47 for the legislation, which sets federal agricultural and food policy for five years, after the Senate approved it 87-13 on Tuesday.

Guarantee interstate commerce for hemp products, including CBD. The vote barely passed, 206-203, with only five Democrats voting for and 17 Republicans voting against. It also increases farming loan programs, which allow crops to be used as collateral.

"I want to be clear that I support the House having a full, complete, and open debate on USA military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, especially in light of recent events", he wrote on Twitter.

Still, the bill has faced criticism, including from conservative Republicans. Sen.

The 807-page bill also offers improved crop insurance access for established farmers as well as novice farmers and offers financial assistance for farmers transitioning from conventional to organic farming - it also quadruples federal investment for organic research.

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

"A lot of similarities between this farm bill and the one we've been operating under", Moran says. "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".

Green Mountain CBD grows hemp in a field in Hardwick
Green Mountain CBD grows hemp in a field in Hardwick

For instance, the farm bill permanently secures funding for a program that funds and promotes local farmers markets, as well as a program to research challenges facing organic farmers.

The full text of the farm bill was released Monday night. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, and the president had hailed the plan as a way to bring more Americans out of poverty, but critics argued that it would cut $20 billion from the food stamp program - known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - and would unfairly deny benefits to the needy.

House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement Wednesday to overhaul congressional regulations governing sexual harassment, clearing the way for a vote on the measure in both chambers over the next two weeks, before Congress adjourns for the year. John Kennedy (R-La.) said in a statement provided to LifeZette. The legislation will give a boost to farmers harmed by Trump's trade wars, especially with China.

"What Kansans tell me over and over is the importance of crop insurance and we've seen farm bills that have been pretty damaging to crop insurance", Kansas Senator Jerry Moran says. The program will survive under the final version of the bill, aides said. A representative for Noem said she plans to issue a comment following the House's vote Wednesday.

"At a time when farm income is down and our growers are struggling, industrial hemp is a bright spot of agriculture's future", Mr. McConnell said Tuesday.

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

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