WASHINGTON —The House on Wednesday passed a $867 billion U.S. Farm Bill. The bill, which passed the Senate Tuesday by a vote of 87-13, now heads to the president’s desk for signature.
The House approved it overwhelmingly, 369-47, after it was stripped of significant reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, that had been included in the House version. The final bill is a bipartisan compromise between the House and Senate, where Democratic opposition to SNAP reforms forced lawmakers to strip out those reforms.
The Senate approved legislation that allocates billions of dollars in subsidies to American farmers, legalizes hemp, bolsters farmers markets and rejects stricter limits on food stamps pushed by House Republicans.
The farm bill will legalize the production of hemp, this business is projected grow into a $20 billion industry by 2022.