Marshall responds to Farm Bill passing

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"The negotiators appear to have achieved a bipartisan compromise that maintains and modestly strengthens SNAP, ensuring that millions of struggling Americans will continue to be able to count on SNAP to help them put food on the table", Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank, said in a statement. "But it was most important to provide the certainty that farm bill provides our farmers".

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. Trump and conservatives had pushed to create new work requirements for food stamps, but the Senate rejected the idea.

In 2017, the hemp pilot programs reported $25.6 million in capital investments and improvements.

Per Cannabis Business Times, the National Conference of State Legislatures has determined that 40 USA states allow the "cultivation of hemp for commercial, research, or pilot programs". "Even with this help I remain concerned and I believe we need a supply management program", Welch said.

"The deal comes after almost a yearlong standoff between the House and the Senate over member liability and other issues in the bill", reports NPR.

The House also brewed some controversy in its procedural vote to establish the rules on how the bill would be debated.

Thune said that of the approximately 20 provisions he worked on that made it into the Senate bill, almost all the ideas behind them came from the suggestions and complaints of South Dakota's farmers and ranchers.

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Welch said the dairy farm insurance program in the bill will bring better coverage at a better price and will benefit smaller dairy farms of 250 cows or less that are "hanging on by their fingernails".

The Senate passed the compromise bill 87-13 on Tuesday, and the House followed suit Wednesday with a 369-47 vote. Thune said the bill heavily emphasizes crop insurance.

Republican Sen. John Thune, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, said in a Tuesday statement, "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".

Passage of the bill has been hailed in a largely bipartisan manner as it provides some financial certainty for farmers, a key Trump constituency that has been hurt by the USA trade war with China, a key buyer of US soy beans and other farm produce.

The bill found a champion in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who cheered the inclusion of a provision that would make hemp a legal agricultural commodity, a boon to some farmers in his home state. "I couldn't be more proud, and I hope that producers back at home know that we listened!" .

The legislation has also been split with funding for food stamps as well, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).