Thune: Farm bill will allow farmers more flexibility

Thune: Farm bill will allow farmers more flexibility

"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.

The farm bill passed by wide margins in the House and Senate, and several news organizations report that Trump is expected to sign it next week. 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. The action followed Tuesday's passage in the Senate, 87 to 13. "There will still be that conflict between DEA and the Department of Agriculture about how to regulate this", Mangone says. The farm bill also provides permanent funding for veteran and minority farmers.

Per Cannabis Business Times, the National Conference of State Legislatures has determined that 40 U.S. states allow the "cultivation of hemp for commercial, research, or pilot programs".

The measure previously had stalled as Republicans sought to add work requirements for almost 40 million low-income Americans to qualify for food stamps. The 2014 farm bill paved the way for hemp research programs in the states. The state's past guidance still applies to CBD oil made from marijuana or from hemp with a THC concentration higher than.3%.

Yoho expresses some disappointment in regards to the SNAP program but says he will celebrate victories such as reforms to hold food nutritional programs more accountable. "The farmers would like to get that". Josh Sewell, senior policy analyst for Taxpayers for Common Sense, called the bill "a step backward on efforts to ensure that farm safety net programs are focused on actual farmers". The legislation will give a boost to farmers harmed by Trump's trade wars, especially with China.

"I've worked on a lot of other stuff - tax bills, trade, transportation, highways, railroads, safety issues, things like that", Thune said, "but when it comes to our state's No. 1 industry, you can not underestimate the impact that a prosperous and profitable ag economy has on our state economy".

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. This year's farm bill extends that support to the dairy industry, which has been struggling with low milk prices, and to second-tier crops, such as barley, which can be used to feed livestock or as a cover crop during the winter - a nod to growing concerns about soil degradation from traditional farming.

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

"I think we're at the beginning of this whole thing and there is tremendous potential", Tebbetts said.

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

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