Montana ag leaders praise passage of Farm Bill

U.S. Sen. John Thune speaks to a crowd in 2017 at Dakotafest in Mitchell

U.S. Sen. John Thune speaks to a crowd in 2017 at Dakotafest in Mitchell

"The farm bill is becoming more flexible to provide a reasonable amount of support" to farmers, says Dale Moore, executive vice president of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington and former chief of staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

CBD is now a lot less illegal.

For farmers who used to grow tobacco like those over at Mount Folly, switching to hemp could be a lucrative alternative.

Growing hemp would still pose some risks for farmers, who must worry about THC levels inching above the 0.3 percent legal limit. But not precisely legal-yet. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) applauded the hemp provision as a big boost for the agricultural industry.

The lower chamber approved the bill by a 369-47 vote, following the Senate's approval of the legislation by a 87-13 vote on Tuesday.

The bill also ends the federal prohibition on hemp production.

Accolades from the cannabis, hemp, and CBD communities poured in immediately.

McMorris Rodgers said she supported the additional work requirements, but voted Wednesday to support the compromise version without them. "It will help us get people out of poverty, into careers, into skills and this is something we should be passing and putting on the president's desk momentarily".

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"We want Kentucky to have a reputation for being the go-to state for industrial hemp", said Quarles, "and that's something that we have been already working diligently on". "So it's still illegal under federal law". "The money is not significantly more, but the secretary [of agriculture] has been given some flexibility" to create new markets for United States farm goods, Moore says. "Each state is going to have an opportunity to submit their own administrative process to the USDA, and it may well be more restrictive than what the federal regulations are". "So the goal of the farm bill is to make sure that every American has access to safe, affordable and abundant food". "The FDA will also have to change their policies about CBD in edibles and dietary supplements as well to reflect this new law". Village Farms is now working with lobbyists in Texas to have hemp removed from Texas' controlled substance list in the upcoming early-2019 legislative session.

The bill also affects research into the plant.

"Obviously, every farm bill represents kind of a consensus, but this was a very pro-agriculture, pro-farmer farm bill, and that was our goal from the very beginning", Thune told The Daily Republic via phone on Wednesday. "We will address these issues in the next Congress".

That is the reason the new bill combines some existing export-promotion programs.

Congressman would "love" to regulate speech.

"It'll be new to our generation, and that's something really interesting", Rodes said.

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