Tentative agreement reached on Farm Bill

    Tentative agreement reached on Farm Bill (Rachel Droze)

    Lawmakers announced Thursday that they have reached a tentative agreement on the Farm Bill.

    While little has been released about specifics of the bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted that it'll legalize industrial hemp.

    The news has farmers around central Illinois breathing a sigh of relief.

    The Sangamon County Farm Bureau said they've been calling lawmakers for weeks, urging them to reach a compromise.

    "It's good to get a farm bill. So, as we get ready to put our budgets together for next year's crop, we know we're able to take out crop insurance and cover our bases there as best we can with the markets we face today with all the tariffs," said Allen Entwistle, Sangamon County Farm Bureau Governmental Affairs Committee chair.

    Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, who sits on the House's Agriculture Committee, released the following statement Thursday:

    “This is a very good sign that we’ll get a farm bill signed into law before the end of the year. I’m continuing to work with my colleagues to finalize the details to ensure the priorities of Illinois farmers are included in the final bill.”

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