Lincoln: Southern Farmers Hardest Hit by Year's Record High Energy Prices

NOVEMBER 9, 2005 - Posted at 4:01 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas today told numerous farm state Senators and a panel of distinguished economists and experts that southern farmers have been hit the hardest by high energy prices this growing season.

Lincoln, a senior member of the Senate Ag Committee, participated in an ag committee hearing this morning on Capitol Hill which analyzed how increased transportation costs due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita combined with record-high energy costs have affected U.S. agriculture this year.  Lincoln told her colleagues that while high fuel costs affected inflicted economic hurt on all farmers, row-crop farmers in the south were hardest hit.