The White House says that President Barack Obama will sign the
farm bill at Michigan State University on Friday during a previously announced visit to East Lansing.
The White House first announced the trip last Friday. It confirmed Tuesday that he will sign the
farm bill during the visit.
Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow chairs the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee and led the fight for congressional passage of the
The sweeping $100-billion-a-year measure won Senate approval Tuesday on a 68-32 vote after House passage last week. The bulk of its cost is for the food stamp program, which aids 1 in 7 Americans.
The bill provides a financial cushion for farmers who face unpredictable weather and market conditions. It also provides subsidies for rural communities and environmentally-sensitive land. Recipients include Southern peanut growers, Midwest corn farm
ers and the maple syrup industry in the Northeast.
The nation's 47 million food stamp recipients will also be covered. The overall cost of the program will be cut by $800 million a year, or around 1 percent. That's a compromise. House Republicans pushed through a bill in September that would have made a cut to food stamps that was five times more than the eventual cut.
The White House says Obama will give a speech on the importance of the
farm bill to the U.S. economy.