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Farmers shocked by Chambliss' announcement

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CLAXTON, GA (WTOC) -

Gary Bell was shocked when WTOC told him the news: Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss announced he wouldn't seek another term in 2014. He wasn't the only one.

"I called up to Macon and the Georgia Farm Bureau headquarters and a lot of people had a case of the blues," explained Bell, who serves on several GFB state boards. 

Bell said the senator from Moultrie had played a vital role in Washington as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee among his other assignments.

"He helped write the past two or three farm bills and helped craft them to help southern farmers, not just those in Georgia," he noted.

Bell said GFB committee members had established a good working relationship with Chambliss and his staff.

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