EAST LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 7, 2014) — President Obama will travel to East Lansing Friday to sign and speak about the importance of a new, nearly $1 trillion farm bill that was approved by the Senate Tuesday.
Following a speech, the president is expected to sign the Agriculture Act of 2014 into law. According to a release, he will also look at the research from MSU’s agriculture program.
According to CNN, President Obama will also highlight a new “Made in Rural America” initiative, which the White House said Friday would help connect businesses outside of cities and suburbs to export opportunities and assistance. The plan would host regional forums for farmers and owners of rural businesses and provide training on exporting goods overseas and participating in trade events.
The nearly $1 trillion farm bill received final approval on Tuesday from the Senate, which sent the compromise already passed by the House to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.
While it’s called the farm bill, in truth, it’s more of a food bill. It sets five years of eating and farming policy in the United States, including what we grow, what you know about your dinner and how much government spends in the process. It cuts the food stamp program and increases spending on farmers markets. Whatever you think of Congress, this is a bill that deserves some attention.