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Challenging times face rural America

Senate Agriculture Committee hearing focuses on state of rural economy with lower commodity prices, pressured farmland values and weaker margins.

“Times are challenging right now in farm country,” Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts said in his opening comments on a hearing to examine the economic landscape of rural America.

Members heard testimony from U.S. Department of Agriculture chief economist Robert Johansson, who spoke about several domestic and global factors contributing to low commodity prices and the financial implication for farmers. Additional witnesses included Nathan Kauffman, assistant

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