The U.S. Senate passed the 2012 Farm Bill earlier today, a bill that included several provisions inserted by Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. These provision would help strengthen conservation and support Colorado farmers, ranchers and sportsmen. The bill is expected to consolidate and streamline programs and would reduce the deficit by $23 billion. It passed with broad, bipartisan support by a vote of 64-35. Bennet was able to add these provisions after going around the state and getting feedback from many of Colorado’s rural communities. Also added were measures to simplify and enhance conservation easement agreements.