The Senate has approved a $286 billion farm bill that expands federal farm subsidies.
The bill includes money for farmers who grow wheat, barley, oats, soybeans and other crops. It also includes money for fruit and vegetable growers.
Congressman Randy Neugebauer of Lubbock says Friday's vote is a good move on this critical legislation. "With the 2002 farm bill expired and no programs in place as farmers plan for next year's crops, getting a bill through the senate was essential. Additionally, I was delighted to see several amendments that would have negatively affected local farmers and ranchers in the bill defeated," said Neugebauer.
The bill now moves to the U.S. House.
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