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US Senate Approves Farm Bill

Feb 4, 2014

The US Senate passed the farm bill Tuesday by a vote of 68-32, sending it to the president’s desk and ending years of political wrangling.


Farmers in the Midwest were devastated by a crippling drought in 2012, and the federal crop insurance program paid out a record $17.3 billion.

Tri-States Farmers Face Choice

May 30, 2013
Scott Stuntz

Farmers who still have not been able to get into the fields will have a decision to make at the end of the month.

Farm Bill in Limbo

Sep 18, 2012
Rich Egger

Congress has less than two weeks  to act before the current farm bill expires.

Dozens of federal programs are included in the bill -- everything from  crop insurance to food aid for the poor.

Spending on food aid is one of the reasons that House Republican leaders have refused  to call the measure for a vote. U-S Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is among  many farm-state politicians of both parties who have been  critical of that decision.