MONTPELIER (AP) - The U.S. House has passed a compromise farm bill that Vermont officials say includes important programs for Vermont farmers.

The bill includes a dairy insurance program negotiated by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy that will protect farmers against swings in feed and milk prices and give discounts on insurance premiums for small dairy farms.

Democratic Rep. Peter Welch said Wednesday that the bill will "help limit overproduction of milk, a trend that has resulted in a death spiral for small dairy farmers."

Gov. Peter Shumlin says he's proud of the work the Congressional delegation has done to bring Vermont a sensible farm bill. He says the insurance part of the bill is very smart piece of legislation that was developed mostly by Vermont dairy farmers.