Montana ag leaders praise passage of Farm Bill

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In an 87-to-13 vote, the Senate approved legislation that would allocate billions of dollars in subsidies to American farmers, legalize hemp, bolster farmers markets, and reject stricter limits on food stamps pushed by House Republicans. All that's left now is for President Donald Trump to sign it. The bill also includes funding and authorization for research and authorizes crop insurance for hemp farmers. "Now, hemp will be able to be legally grown in America, to the economic benefit of consumers and farmers in OR and nationwide".

"Kansans have benefitted from Representative Marshall's leadership on the House Agriculture Committee during the consideration of this Farm Bill", Roberts said.

A provision of the farm bill that received final approval in Congress on Wednesday removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances and treats the low-THC version of the cannabis plant like any other agricultural crop. Donovan suggested that the Colorado Department of Agriculture's registration program for hemp farmers, in operation since 2014 and responsible for overseeing over 1,000 growing licenses, was a "successful test case for Washington, D.C., to look at". Officially, the U.S FDA allows only the fiber and oil from hemp seeds to be used in food products.

"It is excellent to finally have definitive rules governing the sale of CBD products in the United States", added Sasha Kadey, CMO of Greenlane. In addition, the Company believes the development of hemp strains to treat specific ailments, conditions and diseases, as well as an understanding of the health and wellness benefits of individual strains, will be critical to success in this industry and Village Farms also intends to aggressively pursue the advancement of both, independently and through collaborations.

The farm bill would give states the power to restrict the growing or selling of hemp, though it's not clear many would. Village Farms is also working with other parties to have hemp removed from the controlled substance lists of other US states to enable the Company to pursue opportunities outside Texas. Further along the supply chain, industry observers eagerly anticipate guidance on hemp-derived CBD.

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"Getting a pro-agriculture, pro-farmer farm bill to the president has been the goal all along, and I'm glad we're one step closer to delivering on it", said Sen. "[I am] curious to see how the progress of CBD-specific legislation is affected by this milestone". State governments may impose separate restrictions or requirements on the cultivation and the sale of hemp and hemp products. Passage of the bill would place oversight of domestic hemp production under each state's Department of Agriculture.

It's been more than 40 years since Jack Herer ignited the marijuana movement's interest in hemp with The Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy.

Vitality, based in Eureka, Montana, is a large US hemp producer and grew 20,000 acres this year. Previously, they have been limited to Canadian exchanges when looking to go public.

"We've waited for a long time for industrial hemp to be legal", he said in an interview. Stevens, who oversees various grants for environmentally-focused groups in the Rocky Mountain region, said that Patagonia may even fund hemp farming and research projects in the future. "In the next few years, hemp will once again become the valued commodity it once was just a few generations ago".

"There's nothing on this planet that's been able to utilize so many different industries as this plant here", Lee said. But negotiations dragged on for more than six months as lawmakers tried to reconcile them.

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"That could be have been a death blow for us", Welch said. "This will be an incredible boon for the American small family farm. It has been a privilege to work so closely with them to ensure that Kansas ag priorities were included in our final bill", Marshall said. "Hemp is an environmentally friendly, sustainable resource that is incredibly versatile".

Expands the safety net for dairy farmers.

She said she only uses a few drops as a pain treatment. "Hemp has the highest ability to 'bioaccumulate" and degrade harmful contaminants in soil, water and air.

One thing that the bill addresses is the legalization of industrial hemp.

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