Senate passes Farm Bill; hemp closer to becoming a legal commodity
15 December, 2018, 06:13 | Author: Sally Reid
Still, the bill has faced criticism, including from conservative Republicans. Sen.
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-California, one of the leaders on the House bill earlier this year, is working to introduce bipartisan legislation in the next Congress that will include the provisions that didn't make it into the Senate bill, according to an aide. The Senate passed it 87 to 13 Tuesday night.
"Obviously, every farm bill represents kind of a consensus, but this was a very pro-agriculture, pro-farmer farm bill, and that was our goal from the very beginning", Thune told The Daily Republic via phone on Wednesday. "It's time to get a bill done so our farmers have predictability and certainty during a very hard time".
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., said the measure is important because it provides funding for research at Washington State University and gives farmers a safety net in troubling economic times.
"While I feel there were missed opportunities in forest management and in improving work requirements for certain SNAP recipients, this bill does include several helpful provisions", Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement, referring to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Also provided in the bill are provisions that permit hemp, barley, and hops to be covered by crop insurance. With states like IL and Wisconsin losing hundreds of dairy farms each year, supporters say this farm bill provides a safety net.
The Farm Bill still needs President Trump's signature before it becomes law. He and lawmakers were anxious to reauthorize the twice-a-decade farm law, which had expired September 30, before Congress adjourned at the end of the year. Michael DeGiglio, Chief Executive Officer, Village FarmsVillage Farms is proud to be a member of the board of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable, who advocated passionately and unremittingly for the passage of this historic legislation, and we congratulate the organization on its success.
The change means an industry already seeing explosive growth is likely to grow more.
"Few times in your life can you get in on something that's nearly new", Rodes said. "That was a big win". The new bill also establishes a Clean Lakes, Estuaries, and Rivers (CLEAR) Initiative, which is aimed at protecting drinking water and waterways from pesticide and fertilizer runoff.
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Legalizes the cultivation of industrial hemp. "It's not so much Republicans and Democrats as north versus south or east versus west", he said.
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While the last farm bill technically expired on October 1, many elements received funding through the end of the year.
In 2017, South Dakota received more subsidies than all but seven other states, and 74 percent of South Dakota farms received some sort of subsidy.
Twenty-three states issued 3,544 licenses in 2018, said Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp, a nonprofit hemp advocacy group.
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