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15 December, 2018, 06:13
A massive, multi-year farm bill headed to President Trump's desk contains provisions that could benefit Maine's growing agricultural sector, including increased federal funding for research and grant programs used locally. The legislation passed the Senate 87-13 Tuesday and the House 369-47 on Wednesday. "This bill will also help clarify that resin products derived from hemp, like cannabinoids, will be legal on a federal level".
Trump has 10 days to sign or veto the $867 billion bill; his signature is considered nearly certain as Congress scrambles to finish its work before this session ends December 21.
Individual states can also make and enforce rules banning hemp or CBD even though it's no longer considered a controlled substance - another wild card. Village Farms is also working with other parties to have hemp removed from the controlled substance lists of other USA states to enable the Company to pursue opportunities outside Texas.
Estimates show the federal legalization could triple the overall hemp market to $2.5 billion by 2022, with $1.3 billion of those sales from CBD products. "Roger has been a strong advocate and critical voice for production agriculture in this farm bill conference process and I'm thankful for his leadership, which helped get this across the finish line", Conaway said.
With that signature, hemp will become legal nationwide. "But you add to that the importance of conservation programs, which land owners, farm owners and ranchers have the chance to enhance the quality of the air, the water and the soil". "We did it with broad, bipartisan support and by building on the strengths of both the Senate and House versions", Hoeven said in a statement.
"Moreover, our deep experience, extensive relationships, and flawless agricultural product safety record as a vertically integrated grower serving most major food retailers in the US and Canada provide an exceptional foundation to enable Village Farms to play a leading role in the birth and development of this industry". Village Farms will pursue hemp and CBD opportunities with strict adherence to applicable laws. The federal government heavily regulates and restricts commercial use of hemp because of its relation to cannabis.
Vitality, based in Eureka, Montana, is a large US hemp producer and grew 20,000 acres this year. That's notable for several reasons, none more so than the provision which would legalize hemp production. The nutrition section of the farm bill, which includes SNAP, accounts for about 80 percent of the bill's cost.
"Most states are going to have to go back to the drawing board and catch up", said Joy Beckerman, president of the Hemp Industries Association, an industry lobby group.
And with a federally legal industrial hemp industry across the USA, the passage of the Farm Bill could also represent a step toward the federal legalization of marijuana, according to Dan Anglin, DEO of CannAmerica. The Delta, B.C. -based company entered the cannabis industry in 2017 through a partnership with licensed producer Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc.
"They're all made possible because of the funding that the farm bill would provide", she said. Under the state's research program, fields with plants that have tested too high are destroyed.
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Downing Street insisted that the vote would still go ahead on Tuesday amid speculation she might be forced to delay the showdown. May has been trying to find some kind of modifications to the Brexit deal that could appease her many critics.
Meanwhile, Travis Head has backed Australia to shut down India with the new ball and chase any total they can muster. Cricket Australia shared the GIF of the the 30-year-old's dancing moves on Twitter , writing: "Virat's loving it".
The resolution passed despite Majority leader Mitch McConnell's call on lawmakers to block the it, arguing it is too broad. Roughly the same amount of senators are expected to support the resolution tonight, sending it to the House.
Thomas Markle , father of Meghan , gave an interview with the British newspaper The Daily Mail to talk about his daughter. Earlier, opening up about her daughter's pregnancy, he said that it all feels "overwhelming and joyful".
I will be honest, Mahomes has played fantastic this year and I am not so stoked that we have to face this kid for years and years. And when his TD catch with 4 seconds left was confirmed, coach Anthony Lynn sent his offence back onto the field.
The decades-long tradition has been a time for members of the press and White House officials to celebrate the holiday season. Trump advisers cautioned that the president is unpredictable and to not call anyone a front-runner.
Let's see what the future brings. "It was good to play against a fantastic team, keep the clean sheet and have a great game". Now we have something to look back on and we will take everything out of it.
PHOTO: Police motorcycles drive in the streets of Strasbourg , eastern France, after a shooting breakout, on December 11, 2018. Witnesses described shots and screams after the gunman opened fire around the Christmas market Tuesday evening.
He's pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who was convicted of criminal contempt for disobeying a judge's order, and I. Under US law, campaign contributions, defined as things of value given to a campaign to influence an election, must be disclosed.
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