Farm bill wins approval in U.S. Senate

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(Host) A five-year extension of the farm bill has won approval by the U-S Senate.

Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders both voted for the bill, which guides national agricultural policy.

They say one of the most important provisions for Vermont farmers is the expansion of the dairy pricing plan.

That program guarantees farmers a minimum price for their milk when there’s a downturn in the industry.

Leahy says the legislation also has some other important provisions.

They include money for conservation and environmental protection around Lake Champlain and along the Connecticut River.

There’s also more money for food banks and for the Food Stamp program.

Differences still need to be worked out between the House and Senate versions. Even when that’s done, President Bush has raised objections. It’s not clear whether he’ll veto the bill.

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