The United States House of Representatives finally passed its version of the farm bill Thursday. The legislation passed by just two votes. Preliminary reports say the plan keeps in place crop insurance and livestock assistance programs while increasing CRP acreage. The bill was controversial due to the changes it makes to the federal food stamps program. Opponents say the bill is too tough on the poor and needy families it is meant to help, while others, including South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem, argues the changes are meant to make the program operate more efficiently.
Noem released a statement on the bills passage: