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President Signs New 5-Year Farm Bill

Today on the campus of Michigan State University, President Obama signed the new five-year farm bill into law. He was joined at the signing ceremony by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman (and MSU alumnus) Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

From sustainableagriculture.net:

Today on the campus of Michigan State University, President Obama signed the new five-year farm bill into law.  He was joined at the signing ceremony by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman (and MSU alumnus) Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

In a speech before signing the bill, the President mentioned that the farm bill is more than just a farm bill, saying “it’s a jobs bill.. it’s an innovation bill, it’s a research bill, it’s a conservation bill…its like a Swiss army knife…it multitasks.”

The bill will be widely referred to as the 2014 Farm Bill, though its formal name is the Agriculture Act of 2014.  In juxtaposition to the President’s comments, it will be only the third farm bill (1970, 1996, and 2014) since the 1950s without other key terms (food, rural, conservation, etc.) in its formal title.

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