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Farm Bill Clears Senate Hurdle, Final Vote Expected Tuesday

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Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., flanked by assistants, arrives to meet with other Farm Bill negotiators as they gather for a closed-door session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. There is agreement on many parts of the legislation but significant differences remain over funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as food stamps. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Long-delayed farm legislation cleared a procedural hurdle on Monday in the U.S. Senate, with passage of the nearly $1 trillion bill expected as early as Tuesday.

The House of Representatives last week easily passed the sweeping measure that trims food-stamp funding for the poor, expands federal crop insurance, consolidates agricultural conservation programs and ends direct payments to farmers.

The White House has said President Barack Obama will sign the bill into law.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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