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

Congress drafts compromise Farm Bill, eliminates SNAP work requirements

Lawmakers unveil farm bill compromise

The most controversial element of the farm bill debate has been over differences between the House and Senate approaches to food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Senate negotiators will act first and will move this as a standalone bill, expected to pass by a unanimous consent agreement, as early as Wednesday night.

The conference report signed late Monday by members of the House and Senate is the result of months of negotiations.

The measure previously had stalled as Republicans sought to add work requirements for almost 40 million low-income Americans to qualify for food stamps. "I could not support this bill because it does not contain stronger work requirements for food stamps".

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"It does absolutely nothing to provide Congressional guidance to resolving the Trump administration's trade war that threatens generational harm in the agricultural economy", he said. Grassley said Tuesday that he wouldn't vote for the bill because of the issue. "The money is not significantly more, but the secretary [of agriculture] has been given some flexibility" to create new markets for United States farm goods, Moore says.

The NCV Newswire by New Cannabis Ventures aims to curate high quality content and information about leading cannabis companies to help our readers filter out the noise and to stay on top of the most important cannabis business news. "That is not the case in this bill".

"We want Kentucky to have a reputation for being the go-to state for industrial hemp", said Quarles, "and that's something that we have been already working diligently on".

"We think of it as a food security bill", said Chelsea McGuire, director of government relations at the Arizona Farm Bureau. "[By] rejecting sensible reforms created to ensure that farm subsidies flow to actual farmers in need - not millionaires and city slickers - this farm bill takes a major step backwards", he said. This means farmers can choose the program most beneficial to them based on any given year's price of grain. The farm bill also provides permanent funding for veteran and minority farmers.

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"I'm very excited about this decision we're celebrating here today", said state Senator Kerry Donovan, upcoming chair of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

The bill doesn't include a provision supported by Senator Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, aimed at preventing wealthy absentee landlords from collecting farm subsidies.

Under the current law, farmers who enroll in CRP are locked into contracts, usually for 10 to 15 years. The 2014 farm bill paved the way for hemp research programs in the states.

"As we continue to recover from the worst wildfire season on record, the bill will allow the U.S. Forest Service to work with California to expedite the removal of dead trees from our forests and reduce the risk of deadly wildfire in our communities", Sen. In 2017, almost $1.04 billion distributed among 78,022 farmers in, according to information from the Environmental Working Group and the USDA. In recent years, Congress has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds spent to settle sexual harassment claims.

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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.

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