Kentucky hemp farmers react to likelihood of new Farm Bill

13 December, 2018, 23:17 | Author: Gerard Cortez
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The largest group in Arizona representing agricultural producers and ranchers is closely watching the massive farm bill recently approved by Congress.

The federal government heavily regulates and restricts commercial use of hemp because of its relation to cannabis.

It was narrowly passed after some backlash, 206-203. It also increases farming loan programs, which allow crops to be used as collateral.

"I did support those provisions", she said.

The legislation, announced Wednesday by Blunt and Sen.

"This bill includes very important forestry management reforms that are important to garner our communities against health risks like wildfires, so this is an effort that is a great step in the right direction", he stated.

Thune said that of the approximately 20 provisions he worked on that made it into the Senate bill, almost all the ideas behind them came from the suggestions and complaints of South Dakota's farmers and ranchers.

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. "The money is not significantly more, but the secretary [of agriculture] has been given some flexibility" to create new markets for U.S. farm goods, Moore says. "What we were trying to get at was, you want an individual member to have to pay if it is their own conduct, and that's what really bothers the public, understandably".

US payrolls in November rose by a below-forecast 155000 jobs
The November gain in jobs was concentrated in health care, manufacturing, transportation, and white-collar businesses. But it suggests the Fed may not hike rates next year as rapidly as many investors have feared.

North Dakota's congressional delegation, all three of whom were tapped as farm bill negotiators, welcomed the final product Tuesday. 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).

At the end of the day, Mayor Marlowe believes the farm bill will come with positive changes locally.

The Farm Bill is the result of months of negotiations by lawmakers.

The statement says members of both caucuses "remain committed to working in a bipartisan manner to address outstanding issues". Thune said the bill heavily emphasizes crop insurance.

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.

Republican Rep. -elect Dusty Johnson, who will take office in January, told Forum News Service Tuesday he doesn't think the package is flawless, but "It's an improvement over what we've had over the last five years".

"The farm bill is moving along nicely", Trump said during the meeting.

Republican outgoing Rep. and Gov. -elect Kristi Noem did not comment on the bill Tuesday. Amy Klobuchar, who spearheaded the Senate version of the agreement, said the Senate vote could take place as early as Wednesday evening, though it's more likely to be Thursday.

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