2018 Farm Bill Extended
On Wednesday, November 15th, President Biden signed into law an emergency funding bill, which included a one-year extension of the 2018 Farm Bill.
The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, was originally set to expire in September 2023, but will now be extended until September 2024, providing a continuation of funding for the Farm Bill's "farm programs and food assistance." The extension will also continue the 2018 Farm Bill language for the USDA's hemp program, giving Congress and advocates additional time to work on potentially new hemp policy.
Leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees released the following statement:
“As negotiations on funding the government progress, we were able to come together to avoid a lapse in funding for critical agricultural programs and provide certainty to producers. This extension is in no way a substitute for passing a 5-year Farm Bill and we remain committed to working together to get it done next year.”
What does this mean for the Industrial Hemp Act? An extension through 2024 does not mean we can take a break, it is more important than ever that we fight for the Industrial Hemp Act and break down barriers to hemp's grain and fiber industry! Now is the time to mobilize advocates and continue strong advocacy to ensure the IHA is included in the upcoming Farm Bill!
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