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Biden blames Putin for locking up millions of tons of grain and sending US food prices soaring

President Joe Biden toured an Illinois farm Wednesday to call for new investments and agricultural policies that he said would help blunt the impact of inflation amid Russia’s war on Ukraine. 

‘You’re like the backbone of freedom,’ Biden told a crowd of about 100 farmers and other supporters in Kankakee as he touted his plans to boost domestic food production.

Speaking just hours after new data showed the price of groceries in the US jumped 10.8 percent in the past year, the most since 1980, Biden repeatedly tied soaring inflation to the war in Ukraine.

‘Right now America’s fighting on two fronts: At home it’s inflation and rising prices. Abroad it’s helping Ukrainians defend their democracy and feeding those who are left hungry around the world,’ said Biden.

President Joe Biden toured an Illinois farm Wednesday to call for new investments and agricultural policies that he said would help blunt the impact of inflation

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