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Obama signs farm bill

from USA Today

President Barack Obama signed the bipartisan farm bill, saying it will promote agriculture, provide more money for research into the environment and energy and feed hungry Americans through the food stamp program. Comparing the massive new law to a "Swiss Army Knife," Obama told supporters at Michigan State University that the farm bill "multitasks. It's creating more good jobs, gives more Americans a shot at opportunity." The five-year bill — approved by Congress after years of fierce debate — expands federal crop insurance. It also changes the food stamp program, cutting it by $800 million per year — about 1 percent — and raising the automatic eligibility requirement. more

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