The Senate Agriculture Committee passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill Wednesday, almost unanimously, including a provision to legalize industrial hemp.

After a brief markup session, the committee passed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 with a 20-1 vote. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, voted no because he was not able to offer an amendment that would tighten commodity program payment limits after a last-minute drafting issue.

The bill used the bones of the 2014 Farm Bill, moving funding to keep costs even. The bill preserved crop insurance, as well as keeping the Conservation Stewardship Program and Environmental Quality Incentives Programs separate, while funding both.

The bill also raised the total cap on acres for the Conservation Reserve Program by one million to a 25 million total. An amendment by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., was withdrawn that would have raised the cap even more, to 26.25 million acres.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., attended the session. The bill includes legislation from McConnell to legalize the production of industrial hemp. Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, argued that his committee should have handled the legislation.

The Senate version did not include tightened work requirements for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program included in the House version, which failed on to pass a vote last month.

The farm bill now moves to the Senate floor. McConnell hopes to bring the bill up for debate in the Senate before the July 4 recess.