Chambliss scheduled public forums Friday to talk with farmers in Jesup and Tifton. The Republican senator serves on the Agriculture Committee, making him a key player in negotiations on the bill that provides government subsidies for American farmers.
State Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black was expected to join Chambliss in Tifton. Leaders of trade associations for farmers of key Georgia crops, such as peanuts and cotton, planned to attend both meetings.
Under pressure to reduce the federal deficit, Congress is poised to make deep cuts in the 2012 farm bill. President Barack Obama supports eliminating $5 billion in direct payments farmers receive regardless of crop prices or yields.