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File Photo: U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley speaks with community members following a town hall meeting in Sibley, Iowa.

Column: Drought underscores reason for new farm bill

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WASHINGTON -- Unlike the drought-stricken row crops which fell victim to a merciless season of cloudless skies, high temperatures and scorched earth, a bumper-sized crop of crowds turned out across the state this year to share views on matters of public policy, including the economy, energy, health care, transportations, debt, taxes, immigration and agriculture.


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