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Much Anticipated, Farm Bill is Released (Dec. 2018)

Washington, D.C. (December 11, 2018) - The much anticipated Farm Bill was released on the evening of Monday, December 10, 2018. The plan passed by the narrowest of margins, receiving no Democrat votes. What does it mean? Here’s a breakdown of some of the best articles we’ve seen. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Quick Facts on the Farm Bill

  • Republicans and President Trump wanted stricter rules for SNAP but those changes are out.

  • The legislation will cost $867 billion over the next 10 years.

  • Industrial Hemp will be legalized.

  • Specific forest thinning projects ranging from 3,000 to 4,500 acres will be exempt from the public comment period - this topic was brought into light in due part by the recent devastating California wildfires.

  • There is hope the bill could be passed by this Friday. It passed in the Senate on Monday night 87-13.

NPR Article

Farm Bill Compromise Reached with SNAP Changes Out, Industrial Hemp In

Washington Post

The Senate Just passed an $867 Billion Farm Bill. Here’s what’s in it!