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Farm Bill Backers Rally in D.C.

America's pork producers demand government pork

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Backers of a comprehensive new farm bill held a campaign-style rally Wednesday on Capitol Hill, cranking up the political heat on House Republican leaders struggling to balance competing election year and ideological pressures.

"All of us gathered here today … share one common and resounding message," said Bob Stallman, head of the American Farm Bureau Federation. "Congress, for our farm and ranch families, their communities and for our nation, pass the farm bill now."

Stallman was cheered by a boisterous crowd at the Capitol Reflecting Pool.