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A "sun dog" atmospheric phenomenon appears Jan. 27 over a farm in southern Minnesota. Congress has finally passed a farm bill today and sent it to President Obama for his signature. Reuters file photo.

Senate approves farm bill, president expected to sign it

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By Eric Beech

Reuters

WASHINGTON - The Senate gave final congressional approval on Tuesday to a nearly $1 trillion farm bill that trims food stamps for the poor, expands federal crop insurance and ends direct payments to farmers, and sent it to President Barack Obama for his expected signature.

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