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.

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