Long-Awaited Farm Bill Passes Senate, Awaits Obama’s Signature

Photo by eutrophication&hypoxia, Flickr.
Photo by eutrophication&hypoxia, Flickr.

After two years of extensions, U.S. Congress has passed a full farm bill that governs crop insurance programs, conservation measures, biofuel funding, food stamps, and other areas.

The $596 billion bill was cheered for cutting a $5 billion direct subsidy for farmers and replacing it with a partially-subsidized crop insurance program. More controversial cuts included $8 billion from food stamp funding and $6 billion from the Conservation Reserve Program.

Read more about the Farm Bill in the New York Times or at USDA’s web site.


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