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It gives me great pleasure to be here this morning, and to congratulate you in person for the outstanding work that your Committees have done in the past 5 years. You have helped American farmers achieve remarkable economic progress. You have helped make a resounding success of the shift to a market-oriented farm policy. That success is bringing major benefits to American farmers, to American rural life, to consumers and taxpayers across the country and to people all over the world who are seeking better diets and a more rewarding existence.