From hemp to organic foods, farm bill embraces change in rural US

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On Tuesday, the president told reporters, "I strongly support a common-sense work requirements in the food stamps in the farm bill".

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. Both chambers of Congress passed their own versions of the bill earlier this year.

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

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 807-page bill also offers improved crop insurance access for established farmers as well as novice farmers and offers financial assistance for farmers transitioning from conventional to organic farming - it also quadruples federal investment for organic research.

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".

"I'm very disappointed the conferees made a decision to expand the loopholes on farm subsidies", said Grassley, adding that he expects the bill to pass over his objections.

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Other support for small-scale farming includes permanent (it was temporary in the prior farm bill) funding for promoting local farmers markets.

"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". It also permanently allots money for organizations that work to train the next generation of farmers - at a time when experts have raised concerns about the aging of the industry.

The bill exempts pure maple syrup and honey from the FDA's added sugar label - something which the Vermont delegation worked hard to make sure was included in the final language of the bill. "We'll continue to work on them". The new farm bill would remove industrial hemp from the same federal regulatory category as marijuana.

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

In a statement, Sen. The final bill does include several new changes to the SNAP program, though none will restrict families' food stamp benefits, according to congressional aides. It is now headed to the desk of President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.

Republican Sen. Mike Rounds said in a Tuesday statement, "At a time when farm income is down 50 percent and our producers are at the tip of the spear with the ongoing trade disputes, passage of a five-year farm bill is a critical step toward providing our ag community with much needed certainty and stability".

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