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Kellyanne Conway’s new job is pretty bad news for farmers. Kellyanne Conway — yes, that Kellyanne — has reportedly been appointed as the woman to solve our national opioid crisis. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Donald Trump’s blondest advisor (sorry, Ivanka) would be in charge of efforts to address the opioid epidemic as a sort of offhanded afterthought to a Wednesday press conference. Trump designated the opioid problem — responsible for 65,000 deaths last year — as a national public health emergency last month. Never mind that the federal funds to address national public health emergencies are essentially at zero . Which is fine, I suppose, because Conway has an equivalent amount of experience in public health or drug policy. This development could be a disaster for the whole country, but particularly for farmers. On Thursday, the Farm Bureau and...

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