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Senate Approves Farm Bill

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By KMVT News

Washington, D.C. ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) After years of negotiations, a one-trillion dollar farm bill is headed to President Obama’s desk for approval.

The Senate approved the legislation today in a 68 to 32 vote.

The sweeping measure makes some cuts to the food stamp program but keeps subsidies for farmers.

Farm and food stamp policies will be set for the next five years, at a cost of 100 billion dollars a year.

And, consumers will now have more information about the meats they buy.

The farm bill requires details be included on the packaging of all beef, chicken and pork sold in the U.S.

"Two years late and its finally happening, but it’s good that it's here and the way that things have worked out, it's probably a better deal that it would have been earlier," says Wilson Gray, extension economist at the University of Idaho.

The USDA views the farm bill as a "dependable safety net for America’s farmers".


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