The Senate passed a five-year farm bill renewing agricultural subsidies and food aid for low-income families after weeks of negotiations over work requirements for food stamp recipients and a last-minute snag over forestry provisions.
More than 40 million Americans, or about 12 percent of the USA population, depend on the SNAP food stamps program to keep from going hungry.
For instance, the farm bill permanently secures funding for a program that funds and promotes local farmers markets, as well as a program to research challenges facing organic farmers. The Congressional Budget Office found that the last version of the law from four years ago mostly consisted of nutrition program funding at 80 percent. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), marks a compromise between the House and Senate, which passed different pieces of legislation earlier this year in response to the #MeToo movement that exposed seedy congressmen and a broken reporting system on Capitol Hill. This time, Congress settled on a bill with unusual alacrity.
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.
One way to gauge the bill's winners and losers is the ways various organizations responded to the relatively speedy approval.
Thune said that of the legislation he's worked on, those dealing with agriculture, such as this farm bill, are some of the most important.
As farmers enter loan renewal season, having a five-year bill is key for producers weathering tough economic times.
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Also on December 8, Trump announced Mark Milley will be the new head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing Gen. Trump's presidency with a "landslide" victory for the yet-to-be determined Democratic nominee in 2020.
Hunters make vegan environmentalists cringe, but many hunting organizations are deeply invested in conservation efforts - and the rod and rifle crowd had nothing but praise for the farm bill. She said it "rebuffs numerous purely partisan provisions in the House version".
Per Cannabis Business Times, the National Conference of State Legislatures has determined that 40 U.S. states allow the "cultivation of hemp for commercial, research, or pilot programs". Hemp production is now permitted only for licensed farmers in Minnesota, is under a pilot program for licensed farmers in North Dakota and is prohibited in South Dakota (though there have been some recent efforts to change that).
Cover crops: Removal of a barrier to cover crop adoption by ensuring that planting and terminating cover crops won't jeopardize crop insurance eligibility.
Campbell says the farm bill awaiting President Trump's signatures doesn't appear to change much for Kansas farmers. "We'll continue to work on them".
McGuire added the farm bill would also allocate billions of dollars toward programs that encourage land improvement projects, prevent soil erosion, and increase irrigation efficiencies. The legislation will give a boost to farmers harmed by Trump's trade wars, especially with China.
"To put it bluntly, the farm economy stinks", said Lynn Chrisp, president of the National Corn Growers Association.