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Black farmers urged to light fire under Lincoln

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The head of the National Black Farmers Association says the group wants to "light a fire" under the new chairwoman of the U.S. Senate's Agriculture Committee, Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas.

Dr. John Boyd of Baskerville, Va., founder of the NBFA, led a rally Saturday at Little Rock urging Congress to approve a budget proposal that includes $1.15 billion to pay claims filed by black farmers who say they were targets of discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Lincoln faces a tough re-election campaign this year, with eight Republicans battling for the GOP nomination to challenge Lincoln, a Democrat. Boyd suggested that black farmers call Lincoln's office and urge her to work hard to see that the $1.5 billion is approved by Congress.

He said those supporting the black farmers' claims should call Lincoln's staff as many times as her campaign calls to ask for their votes.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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