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President Obama Signs Agriculture Act Of 2014

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS/AP) - President Obama spoke at Michigan State University's McPhail Center, where he also signed the Agriculture Act of 2014.


Around 500 guests and members of the media listened to the president tout his achievements and explain why this bill passed with bipartisan support. The farm bill carries a heavy price tag, over $950 billion, but the president explained it's impact is far reaching, bolstering rural communities and continuing investments in the food stamp program.

"Investing in communities that grow our food, helping hard working Americans put food on the table, that's what this farm bill does. All while reducing our deficit through smart reforms," said Obama.

Some of those reforms come in the way farmers will receive federal dollars, eliminating certain subsidies and replacing them with crop insurance, which farmers can use in the event of price changes and natural disasters.

The bill cuts the deficit by $23 billion and some of that money comes out of the food stamp program. Still, the president re-iterated he's committed to struggling families.


"That's why for more than a half century, the country has helped Americans put food in the table. They hit a rough patch. Or when they're working hard, but aren't making enough money to feed their kids. They're not looking for a hand out, they're looking for a hand up. They're looking for that help to get them through tough times," said the president.



The bill will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country while trimming the food stamp program; the cuts inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.

Obama told an audience at Michigan State University on Friday that the legislation boosts research at the East Lansing campus and other schools. Agriculture is Michigan's second largest industry behind manufacturing, which Obama says is "roaring again" after hard times and bankruptcies.

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