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Farm Bill passes in the Senate

The Senate passed a five-year farm bill on Monday night that sets federal food and farming policy for the next decade, but makes smaller cuts than a House version of the legislation that is set for consideration next week.

Senators approved the 1,150-page bill by a vote of 66 to 27, with several senators absent due to flights delayed because of bad weather approaching Washington, D.C., Monday evening.

The legislation would cost roughly $955 billion over 10 years and includes significant cuts in direct subsidies to farmers -- some of whom receive aid even if they don't farm -- and a roughly $4 billion cut in the $80 billion federal food stamp program over the next decade.