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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A Senator hopes farmers, and Georgia's economy, will see positive changes from the new farm bill. Republican Congressman Jack Kingston voted for the farm bill, and stopped in Albany Monday.     

It cuts spending on farm programs and does away with guaranteed prices for many crops, but it also includes an insurance program for farmers if they lose money because of major price drops. 

"Ag policy helps farmers make planting decisions and it helps bankers decide if they will be able to make the loans or not. It helps a tractor dealer to know, well maybe there's going to be more row crops this year. And so all of that's tied into agriculture policy," he said.

Kingston says agriculture has a $76 billion economic impact in the state of Georgia. During a campaign stop in Albany, Kingston said he's the only candidate in a crowded Republican field in the Senate race who has a strong record of cutting the federal budget, and balancing it is one of his top priorities.  

He says he also believes in a strong national defense and helping small businesses grow. "I've been here many times; I've worked closely with South Georgia on military and Ag issues. I know business down here. And I believe in terms of this senate race, I am the right and the only candidate for South Georgia." 

Kingston is one of seven Republicans hoping to replace retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss. The primary will be May 20th.

 

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