Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congress has passed the 2018 Farm Bill with both houses voting largely in favor of the new bill. The Senate voted on Tuesday 87-13 in favor of the new Farm Bill and the House of Representatives also voted on Wednesday in favor of the new bill with a 386-47 majority. In a news release Wednesday, Congressman Sam Graves (R-Tarkio) said he is excited for the benefits the new bill will bring to north Missouri farmers. “Agriculture is the backbone of North Missouri’s economy. As a sixth-generation family farmer, I cannot stress enough the importance of today’s passage. The 2018 Farm Bill maintains and strengthens the farm safety net to provide certainty to producers, and brings stability back to our agricultural community, giving them what they need to continue to provide the safest and most affordable food to America and across the world,” Graves said. One of the biggest obstacles Congress faced was trying to balance the needs of both rural and urban citizens. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Kansas City) was quoted in a separate news release stating he is happy both Republicans and Democrats were able to work together to pass the bill. “For over 80 years Democrats and Republicans from the most urban of cities and the most rural of towns have come together to pass a Farm Bill that provides stability to American farmers and a safety net for those who are struggling to put food on the table,” said Congressman Cleaver. “While negotiations were tough, it’s refreshing to see Congress work together in a bipartisan fashion to get something done that will be beneficial to the state and country.” The bill now moves to the Oval Office where President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law Thursday.