WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Dairy prices are safe. Sugar will still get subsidies but farmers of some other crops will see their price supports more closely tied to need. And food stamps are preserved for the most part, at least in Ohio.
For these reasons among others, both of Ohio's U.S. senators voted Tuesday afternoon to pass the long-stalled $1 trillion farm bill, one of the rare, recent compromises from both parties in Congress.
The House of Representatives passed the bill last week. The Senate approved it 68-32, with support from Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown and Ohio Republican Rob Portman. President Obama said he will sign it, saying the five-year bill "will build on the historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, create new jobs and opportunities, and protect the most vulnerable Americans."
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