Heard on the Hill

Georgia Farmers Are Just Nuts About Saxby Chambliss

Peanut producers in the Peach State want to help draw Sen. Saxby Chambliss out of his shell.


The second-term Georgia Republican on Thursday become only the fifth inductee into the Peanut Hall of Fame, an elite club — “Induction in the Peanut Hall of Fame is the highest recognition one can receive from the growers in the state of Georgia,” the congratulatory press release asserts — created by the Georgia Peanut Commission.

Previous honorees include President Jimmy Carter and the late Sen. Herman Talmadge, D-Ga.

The trade group hailed Chambliss’ leadership as a former chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, effectively commending him for never cracking during farm bill negotiations.

(Courtesy Georgia Peanut Commission)

(Courtesy Georgia Peanut Commission)

A “truly humbled and honored” Chambliss thanked the commission for the recognition — vowing to cream any competing agricultural interests.

“I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of the peanut industry to keep it vibrant and thriving,” Chambliss pledged in a prepared statement.