Local reaction to the 2018 Farm Bill passing

14 December, 2018, 06:28 | Author: Kevin Carter
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"Passage means we are one signature away from renewal of risk management tools, foreign market development and environmental stewardship programs that farmers and ranchers need to survive a prolonged and painful downturn in farm income and be sustainable", Duvall said.

And those who sell dried flower or CBD-infused products made from hemp can now ship across state lines without fear of prosecution as long as they are careful not to run afoul of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

He continued: "I am constantly correcting that notion".

The North Carolina program already licenses farmers and does spot checks to measure THC, giving the state a head start in winning federal approval, said Blake Butler, the executive director of the N.C.

Here in North Central Florida, Mayor of Newberry, Jordan Marlowe says the bill shows Washington still cares about small towns and farms. Trump and conservatives had pushed to create new work requirements for food stamps, but the Senate rejected the idea.

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".

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The bill is expected to give a boost to a nascent industry of growing and processing hemp.

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 past year. Rodes says growing hemp isn't new to Virginia, but it's been illegal for quite a few years. "The crop insurance program in this bill is strong; it continues to provide the basic sort of cornerstone in terms of a safety net for farmers during a tough time". It also funds research for organic farming challenges and relieves some of the costs for small and beginning farmers to get certified organic.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who worked for months to negotiate the new bill, said in a statement he was glad both chambers of Congress had come together to pass a bill that will help people across the country. With that, the US cannabis industry could grow to $20 billion by 2022 from $800 million this year. "The money is not significantly more, but the secretary [of agriculture] has been given some flexibility" to create new markets for USA farm goods, Moore says. She is also exploring whether some of those provisions could also be implemented in the House rules for the next Congress.

"I want to thank Senator Pat Roberts, who has been a mentor to me throughout this process and who has now seen through eight Farm Bills, as well as Chairman Conaway for his leadership and guidance".

The bill would provide more than $400 billion for agriculture subsidies and conservation programs.

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

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