(Baton Rouge-AP) -- Louisiana rice farmers won't get any of the $3 billion-plus in disaster money in the new budget bill, even though they've been asking for relief since fall. State agriculture experts say that plan probably will be the last word on help for farmers this year, especially from President Bush's administration, which many see as unfriendly to agriculture.
The farm disaster money is part of the spending bill passed last week by Congress. It offers help to farmers who have lost 35 percent or more of their crop. But rice farmer and U.S.A Rice Federation member John Denison says ten to 15 percent is a crushing loss to many rice farmers.