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CAMILLA, GA (WALB) -

A south Georgia GOP congressman admits he is interested in pursuing the U. S. Senate seat held by retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss

District 1 Congressman Jack Kingston was in Camilla today touring an alligator farm and meeting with local Ag leaders outside his district. Kingston serves on the house defense and agriculture subcommittees could announce a run soon.

"I am looking at the senate race. I think with my background in agriculture and coming from south Georgia, I would be a good fit for this area and probably will be making some sort of announcement within the next month," said Kingston.

U.S Rep Phil Gingrey announced he will run for Chambliss' seat. So far, only he and Congressman Paul Broun has officially announced a run for what is expected to be a highly contested race.

With the U.S. Farm Bill set to expire in September, it has many farmers wondering how government spending cuts will effect the bill.

Kingston said only a portion - about $20 billion - of the farm bill is commodity related. He says that programs under the bill like food stamps have doubled to nearly $80 billion in the past four years, and without reform it's hindering the bill.

"We're not debating reforming those programs. We still have a goal of feeding the hungry but, at the same time, we want as many able bodied people working, and that's what's dragging down the farm bill and it almost has absolutely nothing to do with direct production of agriculture," said Kingston.

Congress usually passes a new farm bill every five years. Last year lawmakers voted on a one year extension.

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