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      President Obama comes to Michigan

      President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Michigan State University to sign the sweeping farm bill underscores the legislation's importance to the East Lansing school and other research and agriculture-focused institutions.

      The hundreds of millions of dollars pledged for such research is a relative drop in the bucket for the nearly $100 billion-a-year bill that mainly provides money for food stamps, farm subsidies and crop insurance.

      Also at Friday's visit to MSU, President Obama will launch a new program to help American farmers and rural businesses boost their exports. The new "Made in Rural America" initiative will connect rural businesses with federal resources that can help sell their products and services abroad.