Something took place recently in presidential politics that might be as hard to believe as it is to explain. For the first time in the 40 years of the Iowa caucuses, presidential hopefuls sat down for a focused, meaningful discussion on issues vital to agriculture.

Too many times over too many election cycles, presidential hopefuls have stumped across Iowa — a state with 86 percent of its land devoted to farming — without putting a focus on discussing key agriculture issues. This industry is too important and the stakes too high for that type of one-way communication, and that is why earlier this month Des Moines hosted the first-ever Iowa Ag Summit.

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