What is the 2018 Farm Bill? A Brief Overview

The 2018 Farm bill is the primary agricultural and food policy tool of the federal government. The package covers agriculture subsidies, the SNAP program, land conservation efforts, and numerous other government programs in the agrarian sector. The renewal of the bill, every five years, ensures several benefits. First fair food prices and new opportunities for farmers and consumers. Second, the protection and sustenance of the nation’s natural resources. 

Brief History…

The very first Farm Bill of 1933 was called the Agricultural Adjustment Act and responded to the economic and environmental crises of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. It enabled the government to buy surplus grain and provided incentives for farmers to yield the right amount of crop without going bankrupt. What’s more interesting about this act was, the excess produce was redistributed by the government to support low-income Americans in mainly urban settings. 

The 2018 Farm Bill

The most recent Farm Bill of 2018 is much changed from the original package but comes with just as many perks. Previously, Hemp was made illegal because it was wrongfully placed under the controlled substances list for its familial relationship with marijuana. The 2018 Farm Bill recognizes that hemp and marijuana are actually different in that hemp is non-intoxicating. With this preface, the bill fully legalizes the production of hemp. Farmers can now receive federal farm benefits for growing it and we can rightfully enjoy many hemp-derived products once again! One such hemp-derived substance is CBD. 

How does this apply to me and what is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a non-euphoric compound with many potential therapeutic benefits. Our bodies have cannabinoid receptors that mingle with CBD. This may help us regulate mood, boost appetite, manage pain, and control inflammation. 

The legalization of hemp by this farm bill has the potential to help countless Americans. Going forward, not only will this plant boost our economy, but it may also restore the health of thousands of Americans. See if this bill applies to you – shop our curated collection of hemp-derived CBD products in-store and online!