"Today, in a strong bipartisan vote, the U.S. Senate came together to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill – legislation that will build on the historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, create new jobs and opportunities, and protect the most vulnerable Americans. This bill provides certainty to America’s farmers and ranchers, and contains a variety of commonsense reforms that my Administration has consistently called for, including reforming and eliminating direct farm subsidies and providing assistance for farmers when they need it most. It will continue reducing our deficits without gutting the vital assistance programs millions of hardworking Americans count on to help put food on the table for their families. And it will support conservation of valuable lands, spur the development of renewable energy, and incentivize healthier nutrition for all Americans. As with any compromise, the Farm Bill isn’t perfect – but on the whole, it will make a positive difference not only for the rural economies that grow America’s food, but for our nation."
NV Agriculture Department:
“We are excited and encouraged by the passage today of the farm bill by the Senate. The passage, and anticipated approval by President Obama, creates more certainty for Nevada’s farmers and ranchers, as well as for the department’s programs that rely on farm bill funding, such as the child nutrition program. Passage of the bill helps Nevada agriculture through programs like the specialty crop grant program, which helps develops niche markets for Nevada producers. We are pleased with the passage particularly in this time of extreme drought in Nevada."
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has given its final approval to a sweeping five-year farm bill. The bill provides a financial cushion for farmers who face unpredictable weather and market conditions.
But the bulk of its nearly $100 billion-a-year cost is for the food stamp program, which aids 1 in 7 Americans. The legislation does cut the food stamp program about 1 percent.
The Senate vote sends the measure to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it.