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U.S. farmers making hay with alfalfa exports to China
U.S. farmers making hay with alfalfa exports to China

The machine harvester cut across Ronnie Leimgruber's alfalfa field, blades whirring, leaving behind a thick trail of leafy legume ready to be dried and baled. "You've got to drive like hell, drive fast and get as much as you can," said Leimgruber, a burly third-generation farmer in this Imperial Valley outpost. Every stalk counts. Demand has never been greater for Leimgruber's crop. Prices for alfalfa hay have doubled in recent years to near-record highs. "The last four years have been the best ever," said Leimgruber, 53. "I've made millions when in years past I've lost millions." His good fortune traces across the Pacific to...

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