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Farm Bill Approved In Congress

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It's taken more than two years, but Congress finally passed a $100 billion-a-year farm bill Tuesday. The five year deal affects everything from food stamps to farm subsidies and other agriculture marketing, research and regulation programs.

Instead of drastic cuts, the measure includes stricter eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. That will save about $8 billion. As for farmers, they lose direct subsidies and will transition to a crop insurance program. Supporters are celebrating the more than $16 billion in savings the measure achieves.

 The bill now goes to President Obama and the White House has said he will sign it.

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