Obama signs farm bill during MSU visit

President Barack Obama signs into law the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill, during a visit to Michigan State University. (Feb. 7, 2014)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) – President Barack Obama has signed into law the bipartisan Agriculture Act of 2014 authored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

The signing occurred during an event at the Equine Performance Center on the campus of Michigan State University Friday afternoon.

The legislation will help grow Michigan’s agriculture economy, the state’s second-largest industry behind manufacturing. The 2014 Farm Bill reduces the deficit by $23 billion and represents the most significant reform of American agriculture policy in decades.

The Associated Press reports Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he’s honored that President Obama has chosen to sign the sweeping farm bill…and says it recognizes the state’s strength in agriculture production and innovation. The Republican governor said in a statement Friday that the nearly $100 billion-a-year federal bill passed after 2 1/2 years of legislative wrangling provides “certainty for one our most vital industry sectors.”

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Air Force One landed at Capital City Airport in Lansing at 12:12 p.m. Traveling on the plane with the president were Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin of Michigan, Pat Leahy of Vt., Amy Klobuchar of Minn., and Democratic Reps. Dan Kildee of Mich. and Marcia Fudge of Ohio.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero greeted the president on the runway at the airport. The president and his guests then got in a limo, and the motorcade departed.

Obama had lunch with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and toured the Michigan Biotechnology Institute in Lansing before speaking to a crowd of 500 at MSU and signing the bill.

About 50 lawmakers, including many Republicans, were invited to attend the bill signing, but no Republicans accepted invitations.

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