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Senate sends Farm Bill to Obama for approval

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Today, the U.S. Senate has voted to approve the Farm Bill which will cut food stamps and keep farm subsidies.. It is now going to be sent to President Barack Obama for final approval.

U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today said the passage of a five-year farm bill will give our nation's ag producers the risk management tools and certainty they need. The bill passed the House of Representatives last week and today passed in the Senate, with Johanns' support, by a vote of 68-32.

 "Reaching a consensus on this farm bill has been a long time in the making, but we can finally tell our ag producers that they will have the risk management tools they need," Johanns said. "I would have preferred stronger payment limits and a movement away from target prices, but progress was made on those fronts. Progress was also made to reform and streamline conservation programs, something I backed as Secretary, and to end direct payments that paid farmers no matter what.

"At the end of the day, this constitutes a hard-fought compromise, and while no one got everything they wanted, this bill warrants our support."

Senator Johanns is on the Senate Agriculture Committee, and served as the Department of Agriculture's Secretary under President George W. Bush.

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