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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell:  “This is a huge victory for Kentucky agriculture and our economy."

Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney: “Kentucky Farm Bureau applauds final passage of a new five-year farm bill by Congress earlier this afternoon."

Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comment Tuesday, regarding Senate passage of his hemp provision, which is included in the Farm Bill conference report.

“This is a huge victory for Kentucky agriculture and our economy," said McConnell. "The measure I included in the Farm Bill conference report will give Commissioner James Comer the go ahead to cultivate hemp for pilot programs. I have heard from many Kentuckians who see this as a first step to establishing a market for industrial hemp in Kentucky. By exploring innovative ways to use hemp to benefit a variety of Kentucky industries, yet consistent with my long-standing support for Kentucky law enforcement’s aggressive efforts at marijuana interdiction, the pilot programs authorized by this legislation could help boost our state’s economy and lead to future jobs."


This is what Mark Haney, President of Kentucky Farm Bureau, says
regarding the U.S. Senate’s passage of the national farm bill.
February 4, 2014

“Kentucky Farm Bureau applauds final passage of a new five-year farm bill by Congress earlier this afternoon," said Haney, "when the Senate followed last week’s House action with an overwhelming vote of approval. This legislation provides our farmers with the stability needed to continue producing an abundant and safe food supply for our nation and people around the world. Our farm members have always taken great pride in contributing to the global food economy and local job market. The farm bill helps ensure that Kentucky’s 80,000 farmers can do so with confidence during the next five years. We look forward to seeing President Obama’s signature on a completed bill very soon.”

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