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Sen. Young Highlights Conservation, Biotech, and Hemp as Positives for New Farm Bill

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Sen. Young Highlights Conservation, Biotech, and Hemp as Positives for New Farm Bill

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The entire Indiana congressional delegation voted in support of the 2018 farm bill that is now awaiting President Trump’s signature. Senator Todd Young (R) told Hoosier Ag Today that this bill strengthens the conservation title, something important to Indiana farmers who lead the way with conservation efforts.

“The other thing I would highlight is we strengthened biotech advocacy with our international partners. This was not on my agenda until, through a series of town hall meetings related to agriculture around the state, I learned that this is a real priority of our ag community. So, we advocated hard on behalf of these measures and really pleased to see that it is part of the package moving forward.”

He also said that this bill provides farmers more flexibility by legalizing industrial hemp at the federal level, paving the way for Indiana to follow suit. Young said he was in support of hemp legalization back during his time as a House Representative.

“Since that time, we’ve been able to build more than a measure of consensus that industrial hemp is important to make available to our farmers for planting. We’ve been able to cut through any, perhaps, misinformation that might exist out there about the nature of the plant.”

The nutrition title and work requirements delayed passage of this farm bill as Republicans wanted significant changes and Democrats did not.

“Though there are some principle disagreements about how we get there, let’s continue to work on this effort, but I would never support taking down the entire farm bill because I didn’t get everything I wanted. That’s why I think it was so important that we gave this Christmas present to Indiana farmers and pass the farm bill.”

President Trump is expected to sign the bill next week.