Congress passes farm bill; what that could mean for Kentucky farmers

Congress passes farm bill; what that could mean for Kentucky farmers

It still needs House approval before heading to President Trump. 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.

"As I said in my floor speech, rural America is facing so many challenges and this bill goes a long way toward providing needed certainty to farmers and ranchers", Peterson said. All that's left now is for President Donald Trump to sign it.

The American Dairy Coalition called Peterson, along with Sen. Peterson chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, on which Stabenow is the ranking member, and Conaway chairs the House committee. Village Farms produces and distributes fresh, premium-quality produce with consistency 365-days a year to national grocers in the US and Canada from more than nine million square feet of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) greenhouses in British Columbia and Texas, as well as from its partner greenhouses in British Columbia, Ontario, and Mexico.

McMorris Rodgers said the farm bill provided much of what she had hoped for following discussions with Eastern Washington farmers.

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Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., who served on the farm bill conference committee and is the chair of the Senate Ag Appropriations Committee, cheered the fact that a farm bill passed without having to extend the previous bill.

Both chambers passed their own versions of the bill earlier in the year. "I think we all anticipate that someday marijuana will be legal, and when that happens there won't be a need to license hemp".

The new bill also establishes a Clean Lakes, Estuaries, and Rivers (CLEAR) Initiative, which is aimed at protecting drinking water and waterways from pesticide and fertilizer runoff.

He expressed his support for it on Tuesday during an otherwise contentious meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on funding for his proposed security wall along the southern border. The bill also legalizes industrial hemp as a crop across the country. While farm bills include safety net programs for farmers, nutrition programs - including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP - account for most of the spending. In anticipation of the passage of this landmark legislation, over the last several months, we have undertaken broad and extensive foundational work to ensure Village Farms can move quickly, aggressively and profoundly.

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Not everyone, of course, was on board with the bill.

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.

"It's good news for our farmers", McMorris Rodgers said.

Also provided in the bill are provisions that permit hemp, barley, and hops to be covered by crop insurance. The last farm bill, for example, didn't imagine that United States farmers, especially soybean and pork producers, would be reeling from a trade war with China.

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