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Farm bill doesn't just benefit farmers

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Photo - FILE - This Jan. 30, 2014 file photo shows a farmer taking advantage of dry weather to till a field in preparation for spring planting near England, Ark. Congress has given its final approval to a sweeping five-year farm bill that provides food for the needy and subsidies for farmers. Ending years of political battles, the Senate vote Tuesday sends the measure to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it.  (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
FILE - This Jan. 30, 2014 file photo shows a farmer taking advantage of dry weather to till a field in preparation for spring planting near England, Ark. Congress has given its final approval to a sweeping five-year farm bill that provides food for the needy and subsidies for farmers. Ending years of political battles, the Senate vote Tuesday sends the measure to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — It isn't just farmers who will benefit from the sweeping farm bill that Congress has sent to President Barack Obama. There's also help for rural towns, grocery stores in low-income areas and, most notably, the nation's 47 million food stamp recipients.

After years of setbacks, the Senate passed the nearly $100 billion-a-year farm bill with a 62-38 vote Tuesday. The White House said the president will sign the bill Friday in Michigan.

Farmers in every region would still receive generous subsidies — from Southern peanut growers to Midwest corn farmers and the dairy industry around the country. The support is designed to provide a financial cushion in an unpredictable industry.

But the bulk of its cost is for the food stamp program, which aids 1 in 7 Americans.

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