Farm bill has Old Town impact

By Kasey Worst
Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

OLD TOWN LANSING – President Obama visited Michigan State University to sign a bill that impacts the Old Town community. A president in Lansing
While at MSU on Feb. 7, President Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014, which is more commonly known as the Farm Bill. In his speech prior to signing the bill the president said it in some ways resembled a “Swiss-army knife.” This means the bill covers funding and regulations for multiple purposes, from the environment to agriculture to food stamps. Farming and the environment
Andrew Sarpolis, an employee of the Sierra Club’s Old Town branch, said he  heard a lot of “positive responses” from farmers about the bill’s the crop insurance program.

Government actions affect many Americans

The American people will soon face the repercussions of recent governmental changes. From the Affordable Care Act to recent cuts in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, many people will find their lives changed, including folks who live within the two small Michigan towns of Bath and Dewitt. Affordable Health Care Act effects many

Tom Isanhart, auxiliary member at the Dewitt Veterans of Foreign Wars, says that the Affordable Health Care Act has not yet affected him. “It won’t affect me much, but it’ll effect everyone else,” said Isanhart. “Many will lose coverage because their employers would rather pay the fines than pay the costs of coverage.”

With food stamps being cut earlier this month, many are concerned by the loss of meals for families.