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WASHINGTON, DC - May 01: Senate Agriculture Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, get the attention of House Agriculture Chairman Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., at the start of the House-Senate conference on the farm bill. At right is Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa. Lawmakers pushed ahead with a formal conference committee meeting Thursday on the farm bill even though several significant issues were unresolved. But despite the situation, Senate Agriculture Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said he was confident the deal he brought to the full conference would be good enough. "I hope we can get through this and put this puppy to bed," he said. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

WASHINGTON, DC - May 01: Senate Agriculture Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, get the attention of House Agriculture Chairman Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., at the start of the House-Senate conference on the farm bill. At right is Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa. Lawmakers pushed ahead with a formal conference committee meeting Thursday on the farm bill even though several significant issues were unresolved. But despite the situation, Senate Agriculture Chairman Tom...
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