President Barack Obama will visit Michigan State University today to sign the $956 billion farm bill and highlight agriculture’s importance to the economy after it received Senate approval Tuesday, the White House confirmed.
Obama is expected to see MSU agricultural research in action and deliver a speech about how agriculture creates jobs and feeds the country before signing the legislation, according to the White House. The announcement followed the Senate’s 68-32 vote Tuesday approving the farm bill.
Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon hailed the farm bill’s passage because it “not only provides strong support for new research enterprises, but it also strengthens and grows Michigan’s agriculture economy and helps sustain America’s global competitiveness.
“As the pioneer land-grant institution in America, we are honored and pleased that President Obama will be signing the farm bill on MSU’s campus.”
Obama’s visit is also expected to shine a light on Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, chairwoman of the Agricultural Committee, who was a driving force in winning agreement with House Republicans on the compromise measure — working on weekends and weeks Congress was out of session in recent months to win agreement. The president is expected to sign the legislation in a Friday afternoon ceremony at a university performance center.
Source : David Shepardson and Marisa Shultz, "Obama to sign farm bill at MSU, White House confirms", Detroit News, February 4, 2014.
Obama Visits MSU Photo Gallery from the Lansing State Journal.
Gov. Rick Snyder today congratulated 13 Michigan athletes competing in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia:
“I congratulate all of Michigan’s Olympians competing in this year’s winter games for the tremendous honor they have earned to represent their country at the pinnacle of athletic competition,” Snyder said. “You are among the finest athletes our state and nation has to offer, and on behalf of all Michiganders, I join your families and friends in wishing you the best of luck as you compete to bring home Gold.”
The 13 athletes who call Michigan home will be competing for medals in men’s ice hockey, ice dancing, snowboarding and speed skating. In addition, 10 members of the Detroit Red Wings will be competing for their home countries at the games.
Michigan’s 2014 Winter Olympians are:
Cam Fowler, of Farmington Hills
Ryan Kesler, of Livonia
Ryan Miller, of East Lansing
Evan Bates, of Ann Arbor
Meryl Davis, of West Bloomfield
Alex Shibutani, of Ann Arbor
Maia Shibutani, of Ann Arbor
Charlie White, of Bloomfield Hills
Nick Baumgartner, of Iron River, competing in snowboardcross.
Danny Davis, of Highland, competing in halfpipe.
Karly Shorr, of Milford, competing in slopestyle.
Jilleanne Rookard, of Woodhaven, competing in long track speed skating.
Jessica Smith, of Melvindale, competing in short track speed skating.
On Feb. 7, 1994, satellite images showed that Lake Superior had completely frozen over, although the lake's center showed a very thin layer of ice that covered the water. The pictures appeared to settle the debate about whether the largest lake in the Great Lakes could ever completely freeze over.
Three consecutive days in which temperatures never broke 0 degrees combined with a 1.3-degree average daily temp in Marquette for January set the stage for a 50-day cold snap.
However, high winds the next day broke up the thin ice over the middle of the lake, quickly exposing open water.
Source: Michigan Every Day
On February 7, 1976, Detroiter Sheila Young became the first American to win three medals in one Winter Olympics. Her medals -- one gold (500 meters), one silver (1500 meters), and one bronze (1000 meters) -- came in speed skating at the Innsbruck games.
For more information, see Sheila Young wikipedia entry
The New Madrid earthquake, centered in New Madrid, Missouri, was felt in Michigan and all along the East Coast.
For more information, see New Madrid Earthquakes 1811-1812 wikipedia entry.
What's It Like to Live on the New Madrid Fault? Donald Bradley, "New Madrid quake disaster was exactly 200 years ago", Kansas City Star, February 7, 2012.
More anecdotes from the City of New Madrid.
Zlati Meyer, "Detroiters felt the famed New Madrid quakes in Missouri", Detroit Free Press, January 31, 2015.
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