(Camp Hill) -- Many midstate farmers have breathed a sigh of relief, since President Obama signed a new, five-year farm bill earlier this month.
The sweeping new farm bill may be two years overdue, but Pennsylvania Farm Bureau spokesman Mark O'Neill says it gives farmers peace of mind ahead of planting season.
He says farmers reluctantly agreed to reduced subsidies as part of the negotiations in Congress.
"One of the ways to reduce some funding was to look at the direct payments," he says. "So in spite of the fact that there are losses there, the overall farm bill, we feel, is very strong."
O'Neil says it will bolster farmers' crop insurance program.
The bulk of the $100-billion per year farm bill is spent on the food stamp program, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
SNAP received limited cuts -- around one percent -- in the bipartisan compromise.
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