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A combine harvests soybeans on a farm in Fairfield County, Ohio. “The (farm bill) conferees and their leadership have produced a framework that will serve the best interests of soybean farmers,” said Ray Gaesser, president of the St. Louis-based American Soybean Association. (Bloomberg photo)

Agricultural lobby scores again as rural-urban allies defeat opponents

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By Alan Bjerga and Julie Bykowicz

Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — A coalition spanning grocer Kroger to Iowa soybean growers is on the verge of victory with a deal on a five-year agriculture bill in a Congress that can’t seem to agree on much of anything.

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