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Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

President Obama called the farm bill "a jobs bill” before he signed it into law today in East Lansing.

The president says the nearly $1 trillion package of farm subsidies and food assistance spending will benefit rural communities in Michigan and around the country that have struggled in recent years.

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Michigan dairy farmers have been ‘unnerved’ by the lack of a federal milk pricing plan.

Congress’ failure to pass a new Farm Bill this past fall threatened to scrap the current milk pricing system and let the system revert to an outdated 1940’s model.

Consumer prices could potentially double.

Ken Nobis is the president of the Michigan Milk Producers Association.

“In terms of planning for the future, it’s not good that we have this uncertainty today,” says Nobis.

HAMILTON, Mich. (AP) - A judge says a western Michigan farm violated federal law by selling cows for slaughter with illegal levels of antibiotics.

Judge Gordon Quist ruled in favor of regulators who say Scenic View Dairy in Allegan County repeatedly ignored warnings about selling the cows for human consumption.

Quist didn't order a penalty last week and says he doesn't want to put Scenic View out of business. The judge told the farm and the government to come up with an agreement by the end of September.

Scenic View's primary business is milk but about 70 cows a week are sent to slaughter for human consumption. The farm claims there are exceptions to the government's drug rules. But the judge says
they don't fit.