Congress finally passes Farm Bill after 2 years
WASHINGTON D.C. (NBC NEWS) — It's taken more than two years, but Congress has finally passed a $956 billion Farm Bill.
The five year deal affects everything from food stamps to farm subsidies, and other agriculture marketing, research and regulation programs.
The bill doesn't include nearly $40 billion in cuts to food stamp programs initially proposed by fiscal conservatives.
Instead stricter eligibility requirements will save about $8 billion.
Farmers are losing direct subsidies and will transition to a crop insurance program.