The US Senate has approved an emergency agriculture assistance amendment to the farm bill that will provide the nation's apple growers with US$100m in direct ad-hoc assistance. Specifically, the Senate adopted an amendment offered by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) that allocates US$2.4bn in emergency farm aid, including US$100m in assistance to offset a portion of the devastating losses apple growers sustained in marketing the 2000 apple crop.