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Trump signs farm bill legalizing hemp, proposes work rules on food stamps

In 2016, Colorado had 260 hemp growers with more than 6,000 acres in production. Today, hemp is being grown in at least 51 out of Colorado's 64 counties with 31,000 acres in production, according to the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
Colorado's hemp farmers are growing excited at the possibility their crop will once again become legal under federal law as the US Senate passed a farm bill that includes legalizing hemp.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed the 2018 farm bill Thursday, praising those who got the bill to his desk before Congress adjourned for the holidays.

But what he and other Republicans couldn't get in the farm bill -- modifications to work requirements for people who get food stamps -- he's now attempting to get through rulemaking. 

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced rules that will require those on SNAP -- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the official name of the food-stamp program -- to spend more time working in order to gain benefits.

Trump entered the signing room Thursday to a rendition of the theme song from the 1960s TV series "Green Acres," a performance he said he sang during an Emmy broadcast in 2006.

He called the farm bill a tremendous victory for the American farmer and rancher, although he used the signing ceremony to talk at length about border security and said little about the bill he was signing.

The farm bill, formally known the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, is an $867 billion, five-year bill that covers agricultural programs such as farm subsidies, crop insurance and the SNAP program.

To read more about the farm bill's potential affects on the Centennial State, head over to Colorado Politics

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