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Sweet corn arrives for Iowa troops in Mississippi

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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Iowa National Guard troops training in Mississippi are in for a taste of home.

About 400 dozen ears of Iowa sweet corn have been delivered to Camp Shelby, where 3,000 Iowa troops are training for their deployment to Afghanistan.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley says the corn was made possible by Iowa farmers, businesses and veterans group. The Democratic congressman from Waterloo organized the delivery. Braley says he got the idea from Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., who delivered shrimp and gumbo to Mississippi Guard members in Iraq.

Braley, who's visiting Camp Shelby to observe training, says the corn was to be shucked and served on Wednesday.

The deployment, the largest of Iowa National Guard members since World War II, is expected to last a year.

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