As the largest and oldest industry in Georgia, agriculture has deep roots in our state, and the Eighth District is no exception. The Eighth District is blessed with some of the most fertile soil and technologically advanced agricultural operations in the United States. As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, I work tirelessly to advocate on behalf of our ranchers and farmers in rural America. Promoting successful agriculture production is not only critical to the Eighth District of Georgia, but also to the United States and the rest of the world.
Subcommittee Chairman on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit
As the Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit, I work hard to help author a Farm Bill that is good for Georgia’s agricultural community, its consumers, and our economy. Farm Bill programs reaffirm our commitment to our farmers and ranchers by giving them the tools they need to keep the industry growing and the world fed.
Georgia Agriculture Commodities at a Glance
Georgia’s climate allows for virtually any crop to be grown or animal raised successfully. Our state is the leading producer of peanuts, pecans, poultry, and near the top with a range of other commodities. As Georgia’s leading industry, agriculture industry utilizes nearly 10 million acres for production. The University of Georgia Tifton campus and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College are leading the way in agriculture research institutions, contributing to Middle Georgia’s reputation for being an epicenter for agricultural research and development worldwide.
Rural Development and Electrification
One of the things that has changed on the farm in the last couple of years at an exponential rate is the use of technology, and economic development and electrification are imperative for ensuring growth and stability in rural areas of our country. In many places, our communities need broadband just as much as we need roads and bridges to keep production moving and the world fed. Extending our nation’s broadband network to rural areas will significantly increase productivity and efficiency while bringing our smalls towns into the 21st century.
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The United States is fortunate to be one of the only countries in the world with an agricultural industry capable of meeting the monumental challenge of feeding not only itself, but also its friends and neighbors around the world.
One of the biggest issues American producers currently face is the challenge of combating the “dumping” of foreign subsidized crops into U.S. markets below the cost of production.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA-08), along with U.S. Representatives Rick Allen (R-GA-12) and Al Lawson (D-FL-05), hosted a listening session entitled, “The Next Farm Bill: Conversations with Congress.”
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black moderated the event, which was a time for producers to submit comments to the Members of Congress on issues pertinent to the 2018 farm bill.
TIFTON, GA – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08) and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) hosted a global food security roundtable discussion at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton. Joining Rep. Scott and Sen. Isakson were representatives from Malawi Ministry of Agriculture, CARE International, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, U.S.
PERRY, GA – Today, Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) joined Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Representative Sanford Bishop (GA-02) and Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black in touring crop damage in Houston County and talking with farmers affected by Hurricane Irma. After the visit, Rep. Scott released the following statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation, led by U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08), sent a letter to Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative, urging a separate domestic industry provision for perishable and seasonable products in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings through North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations.
WARNER ROBINS, GA – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08) recognized Amelia Day, 18, a member of the Houston County 4-H Club, upon her being selected as the national winner for the 2017 4-H Youth In Action Award for Citizenship. Day receives the award for her leadership as founder of Operation: Veteran Smiles (OVS), a community service initiative she started at age 13. She will receive a $5,000 scholarship and will serve as spokesperson for the 4-H Citizenship program.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08), a Member of the House Committee on Agriculture, participated in a Committee hearing entitled, “Renegotiating NAFTA: Opportunities for Agriculture.” During the hearing, Rep. Scott stressed the importance of improving the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to make it the best deal for America’s farmers and ranchers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08), a Member of the House Committee on Agriculture, participated in a Committee hearing examining the state of investment in rural America. During the hearing, Rep. Scott continued his push on the need for reliable broadband access in rural communities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08), a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit, questioned a panel of witnesses during a hearing entitled, "The Next Farm Bill: Technology & Innovation in Specialty Crops." During the hearing, Rep. Scott expressed his support for genetically engineered (GE) crops, also known as bio-agriculture, and farm innovation in yielding more reliable crops for producers and more affordable food for consumers.
TIFTON, GA – On Saturday, June 24, 2017, Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) joined House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and nine other Members in hosting a farm bill listening session at the University of Florida in Gainesville that farmers and ranchers from across the Southeast were invited to attend. This was the first of several planned listening sessions by the Committee.