Obama: farm bill not perfect, but will 'make a positive difference'

WASHINGTON Tue Feb 4, 2014 3:58pm EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised a $956 billion farm bill passed by the U.S. Senate that trims food stamps for the poor, expands federal crop insurance and ends direct payments to farmers as a good compromise.

"The farm bill isn't perfect - but on the whole, it will make a positive difference not only for the rural economies that grow America's food, but for our nation," Obama said in statement.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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