Kentucky hemp farmers react to likelihood of new Farm Bill

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Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), marks a compromise between the House and Senate, which passed different pieces of legislation earlier this year in response to the #MeToo movement that exposed seedy congressmen and a broken reporting system on Capitol Hill.

Though hemp fibers can be used to create clothing and other products, market analysts expect the biggest growth to come from hemp-derived cannabidiol, or CBD, which is used in health and wellness products such as supplements. The vote barely passed, 206-203, with only five Democrats voting for and 17 Republicans voting against.

The legislation, announced Wednesday by Blunt and Sen. The 2018 Farm Bill takes away the threat of DEA against companies for selling a product potentially identified as a Schedule 1 Controlled substance. "Roger has been a strong advocate and critical voice for production agriculture in this farm bill conference process and I'm thankful for his leadership, which helped get this across the finish line", Conaway said.

Good news for hemp, not for much else in new Farm Bill. "The commodities that we raise and grow in South Dakota, whether that's corn, soybeans, wheat, livestock, we're always in competition with the rice and cotton and peanut growers in the south about how resources get allocated, which programs get adopted in the farm bill".

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.

The full text of the farm bill was released Monday night.




Republican Sen. John Thune, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, said in a Tuesday statement, "Getting a pro-agriculture, pro-farmer farm bill to the president has been the goal all along, and I'm glad we're one step closer to delivering on it".

There were efforts to cut off subsidies to the wealthiest farmers but that language didn't make it into the final bill, said said Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs at the Environmental Working Group.

Welch said the dairy farm insurance program in the bill will bring better coverage at a better price and will benefit smaller dairy farms of 250 cows or less that are "hanging on by their fingernails". The program will survive under the final version of the bill, aides said.

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. Tim Walz, Minnesota's Democratic governor-elect and member of the House Agriculture Committee, did not vote, nor did U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the state's Democratic attorney general-elect.

Echoing Rounds, Johnson added, "Most importantly, I think it gives South Dakota producers the predictability they need". The bill also funds the country's food stamp program "SNAP" for 40 million low-income Americans.

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