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Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, clasp hands as U.S. President Barack Obama signs the farm bill into law at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan on Friday. The nearly $1 trillion farm bill trims food stamps for the poor, expands federal crop insurance and ends direct payments to farmers. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Obama signs sprawling farm bill, lauds rural progress

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(Reuters) - In a large barn smelling faintly of horses, President Barack Obama signed the $956 billion farm bill into law on Friday, comparing the five-year law to "a Swiss Army knife" because of the variety of ways it can support jobs in America.

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