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February 4, 2014
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Farm bill passes hurdle in the Senate

The long overdue farm bill cleared a procedural hurdle on Monday in the U.S. Senate by a 72-22 vote and final passage of the nearly $1 trillion bill is expected Tuesday, according to reports.

The bill voted on was the same that had been passed by the Farm Bill Conference Committee and the House in recent days.

The quick farm bill action comes as a relief to those in the agriculture industry and others. The 2008 farm bill expired on Sept. 30, 2012, and lawmakers had long been unable to agree on the details of a new one, and, instead passed short-term extensions.

The $956 billion legislation is expected to save about $16.6 billion over 10 years compared with current funding, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Using a different scoring, congressional leaders put the savings at $23 billion.

The measure trims food stamps, expands federal crop insurance, consolidates agricultural conservation programs and ends direct payments to farmers.

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