Berry Says Disaster Relief for Farmers Unlikely

FEBRUARY 23, 2006 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CST

PINE BLUFF, AR - Arkansas Congressman Marion Berry says the prospects for disaster relief for farmers don't look good.

A Democrat and himself a farmer, Berry says his concern has just not caught fire in Congress.  He says many lawmakers do NOT live in farm states and don't understand the value of farming to the economy and the country.  The First District representative also took the opportunity during a speech in Pine Bluff on Farmers Appreciation Day to encourage farmers to convert some of their crops to biofuels.  He says biofuels will provide extra value for their crops and more jobs for the community.  Biofuels are fuels that can be made from organic matter, such as corn or chicken litter.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)