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Farm Bill about more than just farmers

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President Barack Obama signed a bill on Friday that will help consumers get quality food and help farmers weather economic storms.

President signed the 2014 Farm Bill in Michigan Friday afternoon, and the bill affects everything from crop insurance to school lunches.

The president's signature on the Farm Bill brings a sigh of relief for many farmers and others in agriculture.

However, some say it's not the windfall or lottery ticket for farmers that some might think.

The $950 million plan changes how it helps farmers. It cuts previous partial subsidies, but replaces that with cheaper crop insurance to help farmers hit by severe drought or flood.

The bill got favorable reviews from farmers at a conservation group meeting Thursday night.

"It's a good thing," said farmer Gary Bell. "We've got some stability for the next ten years. I think the crop insurance part of it has been increased to help us with disasters."

You could more accurately call it a food bill. It also regulates food inspectors, even what your child gets on his tray at school and how much it costs.

"The farmer is about 2 percent of the farm bill," said UGA Extension Agent Ray Hicks. "The rest is food and nutrition, which is an important part. It goes to subsidies for our school children's lunches and all. But it's not a free lunch for the producers."

People say a farm bill isn't about making farmers rich; it's about securing the American food supply.

They don't want to see a day when we're as dependent on foreign food as we are foreign oil.

The previous bill expired before the House and Senate could agree on a new one.

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