By and  on June 21, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a $500 billion farm, nutrition and conservation bill Thursday that could have significant implications for many segments of the fashion industry.

The legislation, which passed 64 to 35 and broadly implements farm safety net policies and conservation and food stamp programs over the next five years, seeks to bring U.S. cotton programs in line with World Trade Organization requirements and address a dispute over cotton subsidies with Brazil. It would also continue federal funding through 2017 for a program supporting U.S. textile mills that use domestic and imported cotton.

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