Hudson Valley farmers are looking forward to the new benefits the bill offers including crop insurance. Time Warner Cable New Reporter Meredith Zaritheny has more.
GOSHEN, N.Y. -- "It's devastating for people to understand what it's like, it's like losing your job and then losing all the money out of your bank account," said Chris Pawelski, owner of Pawelski Farms.
For Chris Pawelski, a fourth generation onion farmer the impact of losing an entire crop of onions is gut wrenching and expensive.
"In 2011 Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee totally devastated my crop virtually every crop in the Black Dirt and all along the Wallkill River," said Pawelski.
Farming is Pawelski's livelihood and like many farmers over the years, he has been affected by a number of storms. Now help is on the way with the addition of crop insurance to the Farm Bill.
"And for fruits and vegetables unbelievable when other crops suffer from weather damage, hail, drought, flood, there's crop insurance as there should be because a farmer can't sell the crop and is paid all the costs," said Senator Charles Schumer, New York.
The five year bill spends about $570 million more a year on crop insurance, which protects farmers in the event of major losses.
"My loss alone just on production expenses is probably around $150,000, there was bills I could not pay that I already have incurred that I could not pay back," said Pawelski.
It's been a long time coming. But, farmers like Chris Pawelski say a little insurance will go a long way.
"I'm hoping as many people as possible are protected or covered or helped out," said Pawelski.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand defended her opposition of the bill on Twitter after the vote, stating, "I could not support the #FarmBill today. $8.7 [billion] in #SNAP [food stamps] cuts takes food off the tables of our struggling seniors, veterans & children."
She continued, "Particularly disturbing that we'd cut much needed nutrition assistance while [corporations] continue to [receive] guaranteed federal handouts."
The president is expected to sign the bill.