Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Saxby Chambliss today announced that the first of a series of regional hearings on the 2007 farm bill will be held on the campus of Albany State University in Albany, Ga., June 23.

Chambliss, a Republican from Georgia, made the announcement with Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, ranking minority member of the committee. Additional hearings will be held in Missouri, July 17, and Pennsylvania, July 21. The Georgia hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

“Senators of the Agriculture Committee are looking forward to hearing directly from producers, and we strongly encourage them to speak up with specifics about what is working and what can work better in farm policy,” said Chambliss. “These hearings are a valuable opportunity for direct dialogue between farmers and the agriculture committee and for folks in the surrounding region to share how they would like to see farm policy shaped as we write the next farm bill.”

“It’s critical to hear from farm families and all rural Americans about what ought to be in the next farm bill,” said Harkin. “The farm bill sets the groundwork for keeping our nation’s rural and agricultural communities vibrant and these field hearings will help us figure out what’s working and what we need to improve.”

They said other hearings will be scheduled in Iowa and in the western region of the country. Locations for the Missouri and Pennsylvania hearings will be announced soon.

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