Industrial Hemp, Farm Bill – December 12, 2018

House is last hurdle for compromise farm bill

Following a resounding vote in the Senate, the House could vote as early as today to pass the compromise farm bill that modestly strengthens the farm safety net and ends an attempt by House Republicans to impose stricter work requirements on food stamp recipients.

Farm bill axes ‘King amendment’ on egg rules

Five weeks after Californians voted for still stronger animal welfare standards, House and Senate negotiators discarded farm bill language sponsored by Iowa Rep. Steve King to roll such state measures back.

Farm bill to help hemp grow into a multibillion-dollar industry

Hemp, with farm bill help, may become huge industry

The farm bill legalizes the production of industrial hemp, a multipurpose, quick-growing plant that farmers in Kentucky, Virginia, Texas, and Tennessee have eyed for decades as a replacement for tobacco and which is expected to grow into a multibillion-dollar industry.

Trump announces plan to roll back WOTUS rule

President Trump announced a plan to roll back Obama-era clean water regulations that aimed to protect rivers and streams from agricultural runoff and other pollutants. It will remove vast wetlands and thousands of miles of waterways from federal protection.


Fewer antibiotics in your burger (Bloomberg): McDonald’s will set reduction targets for antibiotics in its beef supply, following industry trends and its 2016 removal of certain antibiotics from its chicken products.

Real tree v. fake tree (AP): Per annual tradition, the Christmas Tree Promotion Board released ads promoting natural Christmas trees, attempting to sway Americans who buy artificial trees for the holiday season.

Community beats cattle CAFO (Kansas City Star): Near Kansas City, Missouri, community advocates received another win in a lengthy fight against a proposed beef CAFO that sought to move in near the area’s botanical gardens.

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