Monday night the United States Senate voted
66-to-27 in favor of a new farm bill.
The five-year, half-trillion-dollar bill
would expand government subsidies for crop insurance while making small cuts in
the food stamp program.
It also includes programs to shield
farmers from sharp changes in market prices for crops like corn, wheat and
The house is still working on its own
version of a farm bill. Once their version is voted on the senate and the house
will meet in a committee to prepare a final version of a farm bill.