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5 take-aways from Sen. Joni Ernst meeting with the farm bureau

Senator meets with Delaware County Farm Bureau

Earlier this month, on Aug. 15, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst responds to questions from audience members during a town hall meeting at the Washington High School Performing Arts Center in Washington, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Earlier this month, on Aug. 15, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst responds to questions from audience members during a town hall meeting at the Washington High School Performing Arts Center in Washington, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

James Q. Lynch, The Gazette

The GOP senator gathered ideas Wednesday for a new farm bill, but also talked health care, trade and economy.

1. The nation’s health insurance system is in “crisis mode.”

2. Rather than raise the debt ceiling, “We have to start paying down our debt.”

3. “If we want to keep Iowa vibrant and growing,” the nation has to figure out immigration reform.

4. For agriculture — and Iowa — it’s important that Congress and the Trump administration modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement

5. Opening the farm bill discussion is an opportunity to learn “where we can do better and what we’re doing well.”

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