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President Obama / Carolyn Kaster, AP

President Obama goes a long way for a bill signing on Friday, traveling to Michigan for a ceremony on the new farm bill.

Obama will also tour the Michigan Biotechnology Institute in Lansing, where the White House says the president will review "what institutions are doing to create jobs and drive innovation that benefits farmers, ranchers, our rural communities and our nation as a whole."

The president will sign the $956 billion farm bill after remarks at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Obama also plans to discuss a new administration project called "Made in Rural America," designed to help increase agricultural exports overseas.

The farm bill maintains assistance to agriculture while making changes to the food stamp program:

Reports the Associated Press:

"The bill expands federal crop insurance and ends direct government payments to farmers, but the bulk of its cost is for the food stamp program that aids 1 in 7 Americans.

The bill cuts food stamps by $800 million a year, or around 1 percent, one-fifth of the cut approved last fall by the Republican-led House. Conservatives remain unhappy with the bill and its subsidies for groups ranging from sheep farmers to the maple syrup industry."



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