LANSING — State Representatives Andy Schor (D-Lansing) and Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) welcomed President Barack Obama to the Lansing area today. Obama came to Michigan State University to sign the Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill, and spoke with a group of farmers about the agriculture industry in Michigan.
“It’s always a pleasure to have the president come to mid-Michigan,” Schor said. “We’re very pleased that he chose our state and our region to sign an important piece of legislation, and to highlight Michigan’s strong agricultural sector and jobs.”
Agriculture is Michigan’s second-largest industry, supporting 1 in 4 jobs in the state. The 2014 Farm Bill supports farmers and business owners while reducing wasteful spending. The bill is a result of a bipartisan effort with heavy involvement from U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
“MSU is known around Michigan and the country for its strong agricultural heritage, and today’s bill signing just adds to that storied history,” Singh said. “I applaud President Obama for signing the Farm Bill today, and Senator Stabenow and her colleagues for all the work they did to create a bill that supports and strengthens an important industry in Michigan.”