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    Veteran Member bajisima's Avatar
    Mar 2012

    New Hampshire

    Senate panel passes farm bill with hemp legalization

    The Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday passed the massive farm bill by a 20-1 vote and overcame an attempt to tighten subsidy payments to farmers.

    The draft farm bill, officially known as the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, contains more than 1,000 pages and covers everything from farm subsidies and food stamps to trade and rural development policy. Farmer assistance includes commodity payment programs, as well as subsidized crop insurance. Earlier in the panel's meeting, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged that the full Senate will vote on the entire 2018 farm bill before the July 4 recess.

    McConnell also made a case during Wednesday's Senate Agriculture Committee meeting for supporting his hemp legalization legislation. McConnell said farmers in his home state of Kentucky and across the nation are interested in an industrial hemp industry.

    Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a committee member, says there’s a lot in the bill for Ohio. “It will mean better health for low income people,” Brown says. “It will mean that food stamp dollars, SNAP dollars, go further. It will mean that farmers do better who sell their crops in town, directly. And unlike any Farm Bill before, it provides permanent funding for farmer’s markets.”
    Sherrod Brown Applauds Senate Farm Bill, With No SNAP Restrictions | WOSU Radio

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    Veteran Member Dragonfly5's Avatar
    May 2007

    Houston, Texas
    I think this is good news. Hemp makes good rope and good cloth.

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