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President Obama Signs the Farm Bill at MSU

President Obama visited Michigan State University on February 7, 2014, to sign the farm bill into law.

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    Making it through security earned this White House press pass for WOOD Radio's Greg Ghering.
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    Tables set up in the back of the Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center were for members of the media reporting for radio or print outlets. Greg scored a spot on the end, right near the mult box. That's the unit behind the laptop, and it feeds audio to anyone looking to record it, meaning there's no need in this case for each outlet to try setting up a mic on the podium.
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    Members of the media had to arrive between 11:30am and 12:30pm. POTUS was scheduled to appear at 2pm, so there was plenty of time to get set up.
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    Behind the main audience, but in front of media row where our reporter sat, are the risers for photographers and photojournalists.
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    A White House team set up behind the risers to monitor the Administration's web stream of the event.
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    A farm-themed backdrop stood ready behind the podium, with a small desk on the stage, as well, for the President to sign the farm bill into law.
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    If anyone covering the event needed a restroom -- there was a portable toilet, hidden behind that black curtain in the background. Not the most glamorous of facilities.
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    Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan traveled with the President. She chairs the US Senate committee on agriculture and spoke before the President. She called the farm bill a jobs bill.
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    After Sen. Stabenow's remarks, a White House staffer put the Presidential seal on the podium.
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    Farmer Ben LaCross grows cherries in Leelanau County and serves on the Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He introduced the President.
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    President Obama signs the farm bill.
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    The farm bill is now law.