Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, voted for the compromise bill, which passed 68-32, because it included PILT funding and reduced spending by eliminating a program of direct payments to farmers.
"The compromise bill isn't perfect, but it's a step forward that impacts many in our state," he said.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, supports PILT but voted against the bill, arguing it represents "collusion between both parties against the American people; it benefits the special interests at the expense of the national interest."
He pointed to subsidies for the sugar industry as something he dislikes.
Congress has taken three years to negotiate the $956 billion farm bill, which pairs food stamps with assistance to farmers and ranchers. This bill, which will be in effect for five years, eliminated direct payments to farmers in exchange for a new, heavily subsidized crop insurance program. It also cut duplicative programs and reduced food stamp spending by about $8 billion over 10 years, down from the original cuts of about $40 billion.
The farm bill passed the House last week. Utah's Republican Reps. Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart supported the bipartisan bill. Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, opposed it, calling it wasteful spending.
President Barack Obama celebrated the bill's passage saying: "It will make a positive difference not only for the rural economies that grow America's food, but for our nation."
He's expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days.