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President Obama to sign Farm Bill at Michigan State University

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LANSING, MI -- President Barack Obama will sign the Farm Bill during his visit to Michigan State University on Friday.

Obama will deliver remarks at the Mary Ann McPhail Performance Center on Friday afternoon. He is expected to discuss the legislation’s importance to the American economy.

Senator Debbie Stabenow, the chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, spearheaded the passage.
“I’m very proud to say he’s going to sign it at my Alma matter,” Stabenow said. “This is a very exciting day and I welcome that the president is committed to agriculture in America.”

The Senate passed the massive, five-year farm bill by a 68-32 vote. The legislation provides a cushion for farmers who may potentially face unpredictable climates and market conditions.

“This is an important piece of legislation for the country. It not only provides strong support for new research enterprises, but it also strengthens and grows Michigan’s agriculture economy and helps sustain America’s global competitiveness,” MSU President Lou Anna Simon said in a statement. “As the pioneer land-grant institution in America, we are honored and pleased that President Obama will be signing the farm bill on MSU’s campus.”

Remarks will also be available via live-stream at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

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