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The President Signs the Farm Bill: “A Jobs Bill, an Innovation Bill, a Research Bill, and a Conservation Bill”

Take a look at five ways the Farm Bill strengthens our economy -- and if you learn something new, pass it on. (Click to enlarge)

Take a look at five ways the Farm Bill strengthens our economy -- and if you learn something new, pass it on. (Click to enlarge)

Cross posted from the White House blog:

Today, President Obama traveled to Michigan State University’s equine performance center in East Lansing to deliver remarks on and sign into law the Agriculture Act of 2014 — also known as the Farm Bill, which Congress passed earlier this week.

It’s a bill whose reach extends far beyond our farms — it includes smart reforms to reduce our deficit, and the investments it makes in our rural communities will help strengthen our economy across the board.

To see exactly what that looks like, take a look at five ways the Farm Bill strengthens our economy — and if you learn something new, pass it on.

In his remarks, the President detailed how the Farm Bill makes key investments in rural communities across the board — from funding for hospitals, schools, and affordable housing to support for businesses working to develop cutting-edge biofuels — all the while cutting down on loopholes that used to allow people to receive benefits year after year, whether they farmed anything or not.

Besides keeping our rural communities thriving, the President said, the Farm Bill helps vulnerable families keep food on the table by providing funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. In 2012, SNAP kept nearly 5 million people — including more than 2 million children — out of poverty.

4 Responses to “The President Signs the Farm Bill: “A Jobs Bill, an Innovation Bill, a Research Bill, and a Conservation Bill””

  1. kumarasamy says:

    really very good news for farming community!!

    kumarasamy
    india

  2. Colleen Wright says:

    I was looking over the highlights of the farm bill and noticed the section that says illegal immigrants,lottery winners, traditional college students, and the deceased can not get benefits. My question is what makes a traditional college student?

  3. Larry S. Stoudemire/C.O.C. INC. says:

    Why not implement mandatory farming in America? That will really strengthen the work force/economy.

  4. Zhifen says:

    I wonder where the $35 benefit per $1 investment comes from. Innovation of technology requires investment. New technology may make farming more expensive. On the other sides, consumers always want food to be inexpensive. Farmers who invested in high-tech farming may get good yield, but they can’t sell their produce high. At the end, they will lose money, and then slower innovation. Is there a way to make technology so cheap that farmers can used it and still making money though food price keeps low?

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