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Johnson: Senate passes 'good, strong farm bill'

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sen. Tim Johnson says the Senate has passed "a good, strong farm bill" that will reduce the deficit and support millions of agricultural jobs.

The five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill cuts farm subsidies and land conservation spending by about $2 billion a year but largely protects sugar growers. The vote was 65 to 34.

Johnson says the bill finally includes meaningful payment limitations with an overall $250,000 hard cap on commodity programs.

The measure now goes to the Republican-led House, where conservatives are certain to resist its costs.

Johnson says the Senate has done its work, and now the House Agriculture Committee needs to move a bill to provide farmers and ranchers with certainty.

The current agricultural program ends in September.

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