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Leahy toasts new farm bill

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The new farm bill just needs the president's signature to take effect after final legislative approval by the Senate.

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy toasted the legislation with milk.

"Here's to all the dairy farmers in Vermont, to all the people who worked so hard. Here's our traditional toast," said Leahy, D-Vermont.

Leahy says a new insurance program will provide a vital safety net for Vermont dairy farmers. The insurance pays out when milk prices fall and feed prices rise.

Vermont's congressional delegation is unhappy with cuts in food stamps, but they note it is significantly less than what House Republicans originally wanted.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, says he will ask the Legislature to replace lost federal funding for food stamps with state dollars.

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