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Senate Passes Farm Bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed the five-year Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 yesterday.

In its version of the bill, the Senate eliminates direct payments for commodity crops and dairy farmers in favor of insurance programs. Specialty crops receive funding for block grants and research.

Read more: Law & Order: Food Safety, Farm Bill

The Senate bill also cuts $4 billion over 10 years to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as food stamps.

The House of Representatives is expected to begin debate on its version of the Farm Bill next week.

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