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Iowa gathers prospective 2016 GOP candidates to talk farms, fuel policy
Iowa gathers prospective 2016 GOP candidates to talk farms, fuel policy

Potential GOP presidential candidates who gathered here Saturday for an agriculture summit largely agreed on issues such as environmental policy, their objections to the labeling of genetically modified food and what they termed the overreach of the federal government. But the Renewable Fuel Standard, which is of special interest to the Iowa voters who hold the first presidential nominating contest in the nation, was an exception. The fuel standard calls for 10% of the nation’s fuel to come from renewable sources. The mandate benefits Iowa’s corn farmers, who produce the base ingredient of ethanol. Supporters say the standard has created more than 70,000 jobs in Iowa. New...

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