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February 8, 2003

Albany- These farmers came to learn about better ways to grow crops and tend to their livestock, but many also came for answers about how the federal government plans to help the small, rural, minority farmer.

One farmer says the laws made in Washington are made to help farmers, but things are still unequal on the local level.

While some say the answer is to change things on a local level, top government officials say they are working for the little guy.

Congressman Sanford Bishop says farmers across the country are suffering and he is fighting for either 5.9 or 3.1 billion dollars in disaster relief.

Whether the change is local or federal, these farmers say they are fed up with discrimination and unfair loan practices and want some results.

USDA Assistant Secretary for Administration Lou Gallegos, who was also a small farmer, says he understands the problems the farmers faced and will do everything in his power to fight on their behalf.

Posted at 5:15 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com