Hutchison: Extending the Farm Bill will be a Fight

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US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison says she expects the next farm bill will be crafted without access to some foreign markets.

Hutchison was in Lubbock Wednesday speaking to about 100 cotton farmers.

The senator says it's going to take a long time to have a level playing field without subsidized competitors -- and it's going to be a fight.

Hutchison supports extending the current farm bill -- a five-year measure that expires in 2007.

Texas is still suffering from drought -- with an estimated two-point-six (B) billion dollars in crop losses and one and a-half (B) billion in losses to the livestock industry.

Hutchison told producers she's working to get a disaster relief bill into an agriculture appropriations bill to help Texas farmers and ranchers.