Farm Bill Conference Committee Holds Initial Meeting : U Ꮪ. Meat Export Federation


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Before it can appear before the president for his signature, the House and Senate must form a “Conference Committee” to iron out differences between the two versions of the 2018 Farm Bill. Conferees, appointed from both parties, will meet to debate the final version. Hemp advocates hope that, with McConnell’s enthusiastic support, conferees are likely to back hemp. The United States made industrial hemp illegal for decades until an amendment to the 2014 version of the Farm Bill allowed growing by state-run hemp research programs. The House and Senate have each passed their own versions of the 2018 Farm Bill, and a final bill must pass both chambers of Congress before it can be sent to the president to be signed into law.

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