Childers' office said he's scheduled to be joined Monday by U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary Michael Scuse. The itinerary includes a meeting with a sweet potato group in Vardaman and farmer forums in Verona and Batesville.
USDA last month designated much of the state a natural disaster area due to spring and fall flooding and summer drought. Major row crop producers face potential revenue losses of more than $440 million, according to preliminary estimates by agricultural economists at Mississippi State University .
The tour comes amid a push by Childers and others for direct payments and other emergency assistance for affected farmers.