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U.S. Senator Richard Durbin visited with a group of farmers near Gibson City in Central Illinois. 
 
The Springfield Democrat rode along with Colfax farmer Gerald (GARE-old) Thompson while he was harvesting soybeans;
 
 
Durbin also discussed how federal farm legislation provides Illinois farmers with a financial safety net.
 
 
Durbin heard farmers talk about how they use crops improved through the use of biotechnology, why they favor the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, and what might be needed to protect food security in the next federal farm bill.

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