Arkansas Farmers Focused on Gas Prices at Farm Bureau Forum

APRIL 19, 2006 - Posted at 8:12 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Members of the Arkansas Farm Bureau say issues affecting their livelihoods are the ones that get their attention when candidates come to call.  Those issues include rising gas prices.

Nearly all of the candidates for the state's constitutional offices tried to appeal to Farm Bureau members yesterday at a candidate forum sponsored by the organization.  Candidates focused on issues including abortion and rural schools, but Farm Bureau members said they were paying attention to other issues.

Clarence Duncan, a West Fork farmer who raises cattle and timber, said his main concern is the rising price of energy in the state.  The 78-year-old Duncan said he's seen his cost rise by between $8,000 and $10,000 per year because of higher fuel and energy prices.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)