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    (2/7/14) As the farm bill was being signed at MSU many mid-Michigan farmers were getting their farms ready for the spring planting season.The bill provides a level of certainty and a safety net for farmers,
    As the farm bill was being signed at MSU, many Mid-Michigan farmers were getting their farms ready for the spring planting season.
LANSING (WJRT) -

(02/07/14) - President Barack Obama came to Michigan to sign a new $100 billion a year Farm Bill into law - spreading benefits to millions of farmers, while making a small cut to the nation's food stamp program.

The President was at Michigan State University Friday afternoon, where he praised the sweeping bipartisan legislation.

He reminded everyone that the farm bill is more than just financial security for farmers. It also provides protection for vulnerable Americans.

"The farm bill is not just about helping farmers. Secretary Vilsack calls it a jobs bill, an innovation bill, an infrastructure bill," he said.

After several years of debate, lawmakers finally gave the green light to sweeping changes in the Farm Bill.

There was a lot of excitement and anticipation ahead of the President's visit. The last time he was in Michigan was in 2012.

The President took the stage at the Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center and talked about why this bill is important to the economy - particularly Michigan's economy.

Earlier this week, Congress approved the five year bill. The bill is important because it sets policy on everything from trade to food stamps and subsidy payments to farmers. The bill ends subsides to farmers, but puts in place crop insurance. There's also cuts to the food stamp program over the course of 10 years.

There are many different parts to this legislation, which was spear-headed by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, who is the Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and an MSU alum. She's one of the reasons the President signed the bill at MSU.

There was also a number of agriculture representatives, farmers and political leaders listening as the President talk about why this bill is so important for Michigan and its economy. Mayor Dayne Walling was also in the audience.

The event was closed to the public.

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