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MASON CITY | U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley talked about the importance of a strong farm bill and the renewable fuel standard in a campaign swing through Mason City on Saturday.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., accompanied him on a visit to the Golden Grain Energy plant in Mason City.

Braley, D-Waterloo, is running against State Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Red Oak, for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the pending retirement of U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin.

"When it comes to protecting Iowa agriculture jobs like those here in Mason City, there's a clear choice for the U.S. Senate," said Braley. "I worked across the party divide for three years to help pass a bipartisan farm bill and I've fought to protect the renewable fuel standard from the EPA's proposed cuts."

He said Ernst has big oil interests opposing the farm bill backing her campaign and is philosophically opposed to the renewable fuel standard. 

Braley said 75,000 Iowans have jobs dependent on renewable energy.

This was Braley's second appearance in Mason City this month.

He participated in a discussion at the North Iowa Community Action Resource Center on the importance of increasing the minimum wage.

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