WASHINGTON (February 4, 2014) After two years of deadlock, Congress sent a sweeping farm bill to the White House Tuesday after the Senate voted 68-32 to approve the measure, which won House passage last week.
President Barack Obama will sign the $100 billion-a-year measure Friday in Michigan, the home state of Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow.
The bill provides a financial cushion for farmers who face unpredictable weather and market conditions and also provides subsidies for rural communities and environmentally-sensitive land.
Recipients include Southern peanut growers, Midwest corn farmers and the maple syrup industry in the Northeast.
The nation's 47 million food stamp recipients will also be covered.
The overall cost of the program will be cut by $800 million a year, or about 1 percent as the result of a compromise.
House Republicans pushed a bill through in September that would have made a cut to food stamps that was five times more than the eventual cut.