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Congress drafts compromise Farm Bill, eliminates SNAP work requirements

The House passed the 2018 Farm Bill in a vote of 369-47.

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. That resolution was tucked into a procedural vote, which passed 206-203, with 18 Republicans voting against it and five Democrats for.

"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".

The long-negotiated bill will provide more than eight hundred billion dollars of funding based on a variety of agricultural subjects.

"Let us tell those farmers and ranchers and growers that are going through tough times that they're going to be good for the next five years", Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, chairman of the Agriculture Committee, said on the Senate Floor.

President Donald Trump now needs to sign the bill before it can become law. "What we were trying to get at was, you want an individual member to have to pay if it is their own conduct, and that's what really bothers the public, understandably".

The conference report signed late Monday by members of the House and Senate is the result of months of negotiations.

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

The language of the bill had not been released as of Wednesday evening.

"I am glad that we were able to pass a bill today that includes many positive provisions for our farmers", Sanders said.

For instance, Thune said he heard complaints from farmers about the way Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) payments are calculated; under the provisions of the new bill, payments would be determined by farmland's physical location, rather than the current administrative, county-determined method.

Heitkamp said the final bill mirrors the Senate's version "with a few minor tweaks".

Republican Rep. -elect Dusty Johnson, who will take office in January, told Forum News Service Tuesday he doesn't think the package is flawless, but "It's an improvement over what we've had over the last five years". The last farm bill, for example, didn't imagine that USA farmers, especially soybean and pork producers, would be reeling from a trade war with China.

Echoing Rounds, Johnson added, "Most importantly, I think it gives South Dakota producers the predictability they need".

Yoho expresses some disappointment in regards to the SNAP program but says he will celebrate victories such as reforms to hold food nutritional programs more accountable. Amy Klobuchar, who spearheaded the Senate version of the agreement, said the Senate vote could take place as early as Wednesday evening, though it's more likely to be Thursday.

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