Federal farm bill legalizes hemp, assists dairy farmers, protects maple industry
14 December, 2018, 06:26 | Author: Corey Lynch
Per Cannabis Business Times, the National Conference of State Legislatures has determined that 40 USA states allow the "cultivation of hemp for commercial, research, or pilot programs". The Senate first passed the legislation 87 to 13 on Tuesday before it moved along to the House - where it was approved 369 to 47. Furthermore, this confusion has kept some investors (many in the US) on the sidelines.
Quarles believes Kentucky's unique history with the growth of hemp will allow the state to hit the ground with both feet running, if the farm bill becomes law. Hemp-based CBD wellness products-a category that didn't exist five years ago-already account for almost a quarter of the domestic hemp market, and the Hemp Business Journal predicts they will account for almost $650 million worth of sales by 2022, becoming the single largest sector of the hemp market. Though the President has expressed his favor, the final decision has not been completely confirmed until his pen inks the deal so this continues to be a developing story.
Mr. Terwilliger said the new rules could open up more opportunities for rural farmers who have been unwilling to stomach the same risks or who have been suffering from recent poor crop production.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the farm bill on Wednesday, capping months of acrimonious debate to finalize the legislation funding the nation's $867 billion food and agriculture programs. "It has been a privilege to work so closely with them to ensure that Kansas ag priorities were included in our final bill", Marshall said.
"Making it official with my hemp pen", he tweeted out Monday in advance of Senate approval of the bill.
"We think of it as a food security bill", said Chelsea McGuire, director of government relations at the Arizona Farm Bureau.
Historically, hemp was one of the earliest grown crops in the Shenandoah Valley, serving as a cash crop for many farmers centuries ago, when hemp was necessary to create rigging for ships. "That was not supported broadly by the body across the building, and we made the compromise necessary to get us to this place". The move is a boon to farmers reluctant to grow the crop under current US law, given the industry's growth to $820 million in 2017.
Numerous provisions worked on by Thune have to do with conservation, and more specifically the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which pays farmers to not use environmentally-sensitive land for agricultural production.
"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".
McMorris Rodgers said the farm bill provided much of what she had hoped for following discussions with Eastern Washington farmers.
The passage of the bill is "part of the momentum" in Congress to take up cannabis bills, Blumenauer said.
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