President Completes Farm Bill Process With Signature At Michigan State

President signs farm bill among crowd of 500 at Michigan State University

Published on: Feb 7, 2014

President Barack Obama Friday signed into law the 2014 Farm Bill at a special signing ceremony on Michigan State University's campus in East Lansing, Mich.

The signing of the bill, which was passed last week by the Senate and two weeks ago by the House, marks the culmination of nearly three years of Congressional negotiations.

"Investing in the communities that grow our food, helping hardworking Americans put that food on the table -- that's what this farm bill does, all while reducing our deficits through smart reforms," the President said.

"It doesn't include everything that I'd like to see.  And I know leaders on both sides of the aisle feel the same way.  But it's a good sign that Democrats and Republicans in Congress were able to come through with this bill, break the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven partisan decision-making, and actually get this stuff done," he added.

ITS COMPLETE: President signs farm bill among crowd of 500 at Michigan State University
IT'S COMPLETE: President signs farm bill among crowd of 500 at Michigan State University

On hand for the signing were a collection of Democratic legislators and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. Noticeably missing were the Republican negotiators Rep. Frank Lucas and Sen. Thad Cochran.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who flew along with President Obama on Air Force One to the signing, said the location was ideal, as Michigan State University has historical significance.

"Michigan State is America's first land grant college and one of the leading agricultural research institutions in the nation, so it's only fitting that the President would sign this landmark legislation at MSU," Stabenow said.

"This bill touches every American in every part of the country – from the food we eat, to the water we drink and the air we breathe," she added.

Though not in attendance, Lucas also praised the President's signature in a press statement, noting, "With the president signing the Agricultural Act of 2014 into law, we mark a new era of farm and food policy that values saving money, reforming or repealing government programs, and yet still providing an effective safety net for the production of our national food supply and for those Americans who are struggling."

About 500 people were in attendance for the signing, which took place in large building on MSU's campus; the President first remarked about the impact of the bill on rural America and a variety of other issues like health care and unemployment before taking a seat at the signing desk.

A John Deere tractor could be seen positioned behind the podium and desk.

Prior to the signing, the President toured two bio-based technology plants, led by MSU President Lou Anna Simon.