Senator Saxby Chambliss in Tifton to Discuss Farm Bill

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Tofton, GA -- March 16, 2012 --

Senator Saxby Chambliss visited Tifton to talk about a subject that hits close to home in Southwest Georgia: the farm bill.

"This is going to be a very unusual farm bill, it's my fourth farm bill since I've been in Congress," said the senator.

Why so unusual? The budget constraints that are affecting all of Washington are being felt like never before, and those constraints extend to agriculture.

"The number 23 billion dollars was asked of agriculture, so we responded because I think that's a fair figure, provided that folks in other aspects of the federal government do the same thing, so we're going to demand that," explained Senator Chambliss.

Farmers can expect 23 billion dollars in cuts over a 10 year span. On a positive note, prices have been steadily high for commodities for the last couple of years. Sen. Chambliss says that is a blessing and a curse.

"When prices are high, very few checks come out of Washington going toward farmers, and farmers like that, and obviously policy makers who write the Farm Bill like that."

Farmers would love to be self-sufficient without relying on Washington money, but crop prices can't be steadily high forever. So even with Washington spending cuts on agriculture looming, the Farm Bill is looking into a safety net for farmers if, and when, prices decline.

"The farm component is very important and our proudcers deserve a national policy that ensures food security for our nation," said Georgia Comissioner of Agriculture Gary Black.

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  • by DAvid Location: Thomas on Mar 19, 2012 at 03:16 PM
    this will never ever happen. Saxby hasn't the guts to go against the farmers. He will coward down once again and kiss up to the ag boys.
  • by gene on Mar 17, 2012 at 01:49 PM
    Outside of the local area, where votes really do count, Mr Chambliss and his Republican "do nothing" cronie party call all aid such as this socialist welfare...but once these career politicos come home oh how the message changes. Only thing is, America has wised up to the Republican double talk and political grandstanding and outright lies and soon the voters will be heard on election day!
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