SEPTEMBER 30, 2005 - Posted at 3:26 p.m. CDT
WASHINGTON - Senator Blanche Lincoln introduced legislation today to help farmers around the country with economic losses they suffered this year because of drought conditions and high fuel prices.
A Democrat and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Lincoln introduced the Agriculture Assistance Act of 2005 with support from Republican Senator Jim Talent of Missouri.
Lincoln says the bill would provide an additional direct payment to producers who have suffered economic losses in 2005. The measure would provide crop loss assistance to farmers who have experienced a 35 percent production loss, and give assistance to livestock farmers on the Gulf Coast who were wiped out by Hurricane Katrina.