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Senate passes bipartisan farm bill, Obama expected to sign Fri.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Tuesday afternoon, Congress achieved what for them has been a rare feat--bipartisan agreement.
Lawmakers have approved a bill to create jobs in agriculture, Michigan's second-largest industry.
The Senate approved Sen. Debbie Stabenow's 2014 farm bill.
It reduces the deficit by $23 billion over ten years, and represents the most significant reform of American agricultural policy in decades.
The farm bill eliminates unnecessary direct payment subsidies for farmers, and will also crack down on food assistance fraud and misuse.
The bill will also strengthen crop insurance and make it available to fruit and vegetable growers, and help farmers and ranchers create jobs.
The farm bill also invests more in protecting land and water than it spends on farm commodity programs.
Sources indicate President Obama will be signing the farm bill at Michigan State University on Friday.