The 2018 Farm Bill, All But Passed, Will Legalize Hemp

The 2018 Farm Bill Vote What You Need To Know

The bill, which passed by a vote of 369 to 47, will be submitted to President Donald Trump for his signature into law following its approval in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

Today the House of Representatives answered farmers and ranchers call to action and passed the 2018 Farm Bill.

Together, these moves suggest that commercial agriculture is expanding beyond a factory model of farming to embrace more geographically and environmentally sensitive approaches to producing food and fiber. Sort of. In the bill, hemp is defined as "the plant cannabis sativa L, or any part of that plant, including seeds, derivatives, and extracts, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis".

Legalized industrial hemp has been a longstanding goal for its advocates, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who helped secure the provisions in the farm bill, saying even under the old, limited rules, his home state of Kentucky saw a $16 million boost to its economy from hemp previous year.

The measure previously had stalled as Republicans sought to add work requirements for almost 40 million low-income Americans to qualify for food stamps. "My provision in the farm bill will not only legalize domestic hemp, but it will also allow state departments of agriculture to be responsible for its oversight".

Hemp is about to become legal nationwide. Sanders also said he was happy the bill includes nutrition assistance provisions for SNAP recipients. "I've been trying to make sure the people who get the subsidies are real farmers".

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Cover crops: Removal of a barrier to cover crop adoption by ensuring that planting and terminating cover crops won't jeopardize crop insurance eligibility.

The bill had big wins for organic aficionados, outdoorsy types, and fans of sustainable agriculture - but some greens are disappointed that we're still spending billions to shore up the bottom line for farmers.

"For too long, the outrageous and outdated ban on growing hemp has hamstrung farmers in OR and across the country", said Sen. "The negotiators appear to have achieved a bipartisan compromise that maintains and modestly strengthens SNAP, ensuring that millions of struggling Americans will continue to be able to count on SNAP to help them put food on the table", Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank, said in a statement. "As of right now, any other CBD product other than Epidiolex remains a Schedule I controlled substance", DEA spokesperson Rusty Payne said at the time.

The bill also provides permanent funding to help veteran farmers and farmers who are minorities. "A lot of good things are happening with it, and our farmers are well taken care of", said Trump.

McMorris Rodgers said the farm bill provided much of what she had hoped for following discussions with Eastern Washington farmers.

That is the reason the new bill combines some existing export-promotion programs.

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