Farm Bill

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For decades, the lack of a commercial hemp industry has made the United States an outlier among most of the world’s developed countries. That may soon change, and some states in the Midwest have already been pursuing policies to ensure their farmers can make the most of this new market opportunity.
“Hemp could be a valuable crop,” North Dakota Rep. Dennis Johnson says, “but we need processors and market diversity and reliable regulations. “The 2018 farm bill goes a long way toward doing this.”
Enacted at the end of last year, the new law legalizes industrial hemp (it must have a THC concentration level of below 0.3 percent), allowing for market-scale cultivation and the interstate sale of products. In another important change for producers, the new farm bill allows hemp to be included in federal crop insurance.
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At a time when net U.S. farm income levels have fallen to a 16-year low, the Midwest’s agriculture producers were looking for some good news at the end of 2018. The new farm bill is largely thought to be just that.
Passed by the U.S. Congress in December, the bipartisan Agricultural Improvement Act maintains and expands crucial loan, insurance and conservation programs for farmers, while also making new investments in areas such as rural broadband and urban agriculture.
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Will industrial hemp eventually become a viable cash crop for the Midwest’s agricultural producers and rural communities? Three states in the region have taken initial steps to begin exploring the possibility, and the new farm bill is also opening up the opportunity for research and pilot programs across the country.

The new Farm Bill, which was signed by President Obama February 7 in East Lansing, Michigan, contains an amendment that would legalize the industrial production of hemp in certain parts of the United States. The amendment, authored by Reps. Jared Polis (CO), Thomas Massie (KY) and Earl Blumenauer (OR), does not out-right legalize growing hemp, which is still illegal according to federal law. The amendment does, however, allow for hemp to be grown in states where the cultivation of hemp is already legal. State agriculture departments...

Stateline Midwest ~ July/August 2013 

The farm bill, the major legislation for agriculture, rural development and food aid, expires every five years. If it is not extended or rewritten, U.S. agriculture policy reverts to laws passed in 1938 and 1949. The 2007 bill took until 2008 to get passed, and parts of it were extended to September 2013 when it was evident that there would be no 2012 farm bill.

The impact of going back in time on milk prices— to 1949 policy — finally led to a last-minute extension of some parts of the 2008 bill. That congressional agreement occurred in late 2012, thus averting the doubling of consumer milk prices that would have occurred.

The U.S. Congress is once again running up against another deadline — this time the end of the extension that runs through September.