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 a year ago. "[By] rejecting sensible reforms created to ensure that farm subsidies flow to actual farmers in need - not millionaires and city slickers - this farm bill takes a major step backwards", he said.
Congressional negotiators said they faced increasing pressure to complete the bill from farmers and ranchers who have suffered steep declines in commodities prices amid Trump's ongoing trade war with China.
On Tuesday, the president told reporters, "I strongly support a common-sense work requirements in the food stamps in the farm bill".
The House voted 369-47 to agree to a Farm Bill compromise that includes redefining cannabis plants with no more than 0.3% THC.
Lawmakers have reached an agreement on the farm bill, a mammoth package that will fund key safety net programs for the next five years.
Green Mountain CBD grows hemp in a field in Hardwick.
Ricardo Salvador, director of the food and environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists bemoaned the fact that this bill scales back the Conservation Stewardship Program, which "helps farmers combine science-based practices - such as complex crop rotations and rotational grazing-into whole-farm systems that increase productivity and build healthy, resilient soil".
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.
But Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., says she's working with House Democrats and Republicans to introduce a separate bill next Congress to address those issues.
"But it was most important to provide the certainty that farm bill provides our farmers".
"Times are so tough for dairy". "But this improvement in the margin protection program is going to provide money in the pocket for farmers". "We think the farm bill is in very good shape".
Welch called the FDA's added sugar label a "witless" idea and said he was immensely pleased maple syrup is exempt from this labeling.
The hemp changes in the bill have been developing for awhile.
Agency of Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts speaks at a press conference at the Vermont Farm Show in February, as Gov. Phil Scott looks on. Congressional Republicans have defended the expansion as helping encourage more people to be involved in farming.
In a statement, Sen.
Both chambers passed their own versions of the bill earlier in the year.
Now able-bodied adults ages 18-49 without children are required to work 20 hours a week to maintain benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.
The bill is now on its way to the White House, and Trump is expected to sign it without the theatrics which have marred the past few days in the capital as the government nears the deadline for a partial shutdown.