Farm Bill Benefits Farmers and Potential Hemp Production - KOAM TV 7

Farm Bill Benefits Farmers and Potential Hemp Production


The farm bill is now law signed Friday by President Obama. 
The sweeping $956 billion dollar federal  farm bill includes  cuts to food stamps programs and changes how farmers get subsidies. The bill will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country .
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says  farmers can be impacted by dramatic weather and its important the bill includes crop insurance. "This now makes livestock disaster programs part of the permanent law, and reaches back a couple of years to give back to the end of 2009. And I called on the President and the secretary of agriculture to go ahead and implement that part of this law as quickly as they can," Blunt said.
The bill cuts 800-million a year from the food stamp program

Also in the farm bill is a change in how hemp is categorized. While  its considered a cousin to marijuana,  hemp is gaining legal ground because of the new farm bill. 
The farm bill allows for the growing of industrialized hemp if a grower's state allows it as well. Hemp proponents say the farm bill opens the door to getting Missouri state approval for its cultivation.  William  Crane  of Joplin uses hemp oil regularly on his hands to control eczema and says it has many uses.
"A lot of oil plants are in high demand right now in particular canola, one  worth a lot of money   but hemp is worth even more.  It  can be grown as a replacement oil  with no spraying  and no fertilizers  necessary for good growth on it. Fibers can be used in  insulation for  vehicles,  sound deadening and  then the woodier portions can be used in constructing houses, " says Crane. 

Crane says he would consider using hemp which doesn't swell with moisture in his business for insulation and as a  building  component.



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