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WA Senator Cantwell Talks Farm Bill Benefits

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NBCRightNow.com - The U.S. Senate has passed a half-trillion dollar farm bill that would support many local jobs. If the bill is passed in the House of Representatives and signed into law by the president, it would provide funding for agriculture research and export programs that are critical to Washington farmers.

Washington Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray both applauded the passing of the bill. Senator Cantwell told NBC Right Now what the new legislation could mean to our region.

"Farm Country means big jobs in Washington State and we want to have the predictability and certainty of some of these programs like the research for specialty crops and things that are important to our farmers," she said.

In the Columbia Basin growers produce $2.4 billion worth of agricultural products. The new farm bill would set a long term plan to preserve this business and other national industries like it.