In his brief trip to
But Obama’s trip is primarily aimed at highlighting a flash of bipartisan cooperation back in Washington. The $1-trillion bill had been jammed up in a divided
The final bill represents a compromise between Republican deficit hawks and Democrats seeking to protect safety-net programs. It cuts food stamps by $8 billion over the next decade, much less than the $40-billion reduction initially approved by Republicans in the House.
Obama has praised the bill and Agriculture Secretary
The administration clearly sees the bill as a victory – and will frame it as a success for Obama's economic agenda. Adjusted for inflation, farm income rose 46% from 2008 to 2013, according to a report from the Council of Economic Advisors. The growth in the agricultural sector was a result of increased productivity, the report said, noting that total U.S. agricultural output has grown at an average annual rate of 1.49% since 1948.
Obama will tour the Michigan Biotechnology Institute, a biofuel research center in Lansing and deliver remarks at the equine center at Michigan State, a leading agricultural research center.
Officials say the president will outline a new export initiative, which includes a series of "Made in Rural America" forums aimed at educating local governments and groups on how to promote exports.
The Agriculture Department will launch a new training programs so its employees can better advise producers on how to connect with foriegn businesses. The administration's Rural Council, an advisory board, will convene a conference on investing in rural America.