Air Force One touched down at Capital Region International Airport bringing President Barack Obama to Mid-Michigan.
He's coming here to sign the nation's just passed one trillion dollar farm bill on the MSU campus.
It is seven degrees outside so he didn’t linger, but was greeted by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.
Today's farm bill signing here in Mid-Michigan is quite the political reward for US Senator Debbie Stabenow. She's the chairwoman of the senate agriculture committee, and brokered the hard fought farm bill compromise.
As part of his three hour his visit here President Obama is scheduled to have lunch with Detroit’s new mayor Mike Duggan..
The farm bill the president is going to sign today includes money for a project at MSU that helps out bees. That's important because experts figure pollinating bees are responsible for a third of the food we eat. Larger measures include:
- an 800 million dollar cut for food stamps
- subsidies for rural communities
- and a financial cushion for farmers who face unpredictable weather and market conditions.
During his visit, President Obama is expected to make remarks on immigration and its importance to Michigan farmers.
Only invited guests are allowed in the horse arena.
No word on how many people exactly have been invited, but we do know five farmers are on the guest list, including one from Eaton County.