WASHINGTON — After two years of delays, Congress on Tuesday sent a farm bill to the White House that would authorize nearly $1 trillion in spending over the next decade.

WASHINGTON — After two years of delays, Congress on Tuesday sent a farm bill to the White House that would authorize nearly $1 trillion in spending over the next decade.

The Senate approved the bill, 68-32, with Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., in favor. President Obama plans to sign it into law.

"This bill provides certainty to America’s farmers and ranchers, and contains a variety of commonsense reforms that my administration has consistently called for," Obama said in a statement issued shortly after the vote.

The bill eliminates direct farm subsidies and instead boosts federally subsidized crop insurance programs designed to guard against drought and other natural disasters as well as unforeseen swings in production costs or market prices.

The bulk of the funding in the bill goes to nutrition programs commonly known as food stamps. Lawmakers included some reforms that would reduce enhanced benefits in about a dozen northern states.

Pryor spoke in favor of the bill on the Senate floor Tuesday, focusing mainly on the bipartisan support that the bill has engendered.

In separate interviews later Tuesday, Pryor and Boozman said the legislation vastly improves on what the Senate had considered two years ago and, in general, is good for Arkansas farmers.

"There is a lot of good stuff in the bill. It puts a safety net in place that benefits all the different regions of the country, which is important. We don’t have a one-size-fits-all bill," Boozman said.

Pryor and Boozman had voted against a Senate-approved farm bill in 2012 that they said failed to provide an adequate safety net program for rice farmers and would have changed safety inspection programs for foreign catfish.

"That was devastating to the rice industry and had other problems including catfish. Those have been addressed here," Pryor said.

The House last week broke a two-year impasse and passed the farm bill, 251-166. Arkansas lawmakers backed it, with the exception of Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle.

Cotton had supported separating the farm and nutrition programs into two bills. He also supported far deeper cuts to food stamps. Cotton also said the bill failed to address concerns raised by livestock producers – beef, pork and poultry – over country-of-origin labeling and the role of the federal government in regulating contracts between processors – such as Tyson Foods – and farmers and ranchers.

Pryor and Boozman said that those issues are being addressed in other ways.

"Certainly there are things I would change if I could act unilaterally but, overall, I think this bill is good for Arkansas and good for the country," Boozman said.

The legislation was the product of months of negotiations between the House and Senate over regional as well as philosophical differences that has delayed reauthorization of expiring farm policies for more than two years.

In the end, the bill cut food stamp funding by $8 billion over 10 years, eliminated $5 billion in direct subsidies to farmers, expanded crop insurance and limited milk production that would be covered by federal insurance.

The measure also included the Payment In Lieu of Taxes grant program that mostly benefits western states.

The Congressional Budget Office projected the bill would reduce spending on farm programs by $16.6 billion over 10 years, an estimate some watchdogs said was overly optimistic.