AGRIBUSINESS: Senate Farm Bill Approved

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The Senate approved the Farm Bill Monday evening.

With a vote of 66 to 27, Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow and other Senators then put the pressure on the House to get a farm bill passed. The Senate approved legislation is said to provide farmers  all over the nation with a safety net, while also reducing program costs by $24 billion. The bill will also encourage and reward protection of water, soil and forestry resources.

Now that the Senate has approved its version, the House will have to pass its own version so the two pieces of legislation can merge in a conference committee and presented for the President's consideration. The Farm Bill is expected to come to the House floor this month, the House may even be able to consider the Farm Bill next week because of the strong bipartisan support in the Senate.