Rep. Roger Marshall: Farm bill 'a big win' for Kansas

Published: Nov. 29, 2018 at 4:13 PM CST
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National lawmakers in both chambers reach a compromise on a final farm bill. The big piece of agricultural legislation includes policy for crop insurance and the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Details of the deal haven't been released, but stricter work requirements for the SNAP program won't be included. Those requirements were part of the bill passed by the House this summer, but not included in the Senate bill.

Rep. Roger Marshall (R) Kansas says the final version of the bill will be a big win for his state.

"The farm bill is a home run for Kansas agriculture producers and anybody who touches agriculture," Marshall says. So many of my producers are going to their bankers right now and borrowing money to plant next year's crops and this farm bill is going to give them five years of certainty that's going to allow them to get this farm loan that they need so badly."

The Senate's top leader has his own priority in the farm bill, making it include a full pardon for hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has guaranteed his proposal to make hemp a legal agricultural commodity will be part of the final farm bill. He places it on a par with federal spending bills as action Congress must take before the end of the year.

Keeping that promise would cap a decadeslong journey to overcome the stigma associated with the crop, which McConnell himself did not initially embrace wholeheartedly. But in recent years, the quintessential establishment Republican has been all in for the hemp revolution.

Marshall expects the farm bill to be on the House floor next Monday or Tuesday and hopefully on President Trump's desk by the end of next week.