President Obama speaks at MSU in East Lansing, signs farm bill
5:07 PM, Feb 7, 2014
5:29 PM, Feb 7, 2014
EAST LANSING (WXYZ) - President Barack Obama played to the hometown crowd at Michigan State University and while the atmosphere felt like the Breslin Center, he appeared at an agricultural building on campus to sign an historic farm bill.
He told the crowd the new farm bill will generate a lot of new jobs.
The bill will not only increase insurance on specialty crops but it will also expand crop insurance programs to growers.
It has been in the works for years and will pump close to a trillion dollars into agriculture.
Dairy farmer Wayne Wood was among the hundreds to watch President Obama sign the bill in person Friday afternoon.
"Now I have some certainty, stability," said Wood.
There are some that may not be so happy over the bill. It will cut about $800 million, a year in food stamps over the next ten years.
There was more than farm business on the president's agenda today.
He told the crowd he had lunch with Detroit mayor Mike Duggan. The president spoke for Mayor Duggan when he addressed the crowd quoting the mayor by saying, "Detroit is open for business."
Mayor Duggan described their meeting as productive. He mentioned city lighting and blight were a couple issues he mentioned to Obama.
The mayor said the president told him to think of some strategies to attack the problems in the city and to get in touch with him in 90 days.
Mayor Duggan is also taking a trip to the White House Thursday.