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Congressman Austin Scott

Representing the 8th District of Georgia

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Agriculture

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.

More on Agriculture

March 25, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - The House Agriculture Committee today continued its series of hearings in advance of writing legislation to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which lapsed in September 2013. Members of the Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit Subcommittee, chaired by Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), held a public hearing to examine the reauthorization of the CFTC from the perspective of market participants. The subcommittee heard from a panel of end-users yesterday.

March 24, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit Subcommittee, today held a public hearing to examine the reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the challenges end-users face as they use these markets.

February 12, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit, today questioned the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman, Timothy Massad, during the House Agriculture Committee’s hearing on the 2015 Agenda for the CFTC and submitted the following statement for the record.

January 28, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – House Agriculture Committee Chairman, K. Michael Conaway (TX-11), today announced the Agriculture Subcommittee assignments for U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08).

Congressman Scott is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit for the 114th Congress. In addition, the Congressman is proud to serve on the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research, of which he was Chairman in the 113th Congress, and the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. 

September 10, 2014 Editorial

For those in agriculture, harvest season is a busy time.  Farmers nurture their fields all year, which leads to feeding our families and much of the world.  Most growers involved in horticulture production know that their long hours are matched by the non-stop effort of bees, which remain a critical component of our nation's food supply.  The harvest of fruits, nuts, vegetables, ornamentals, and greenhouse crops are dependent upon the bee colonies in the United States.

July 11, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, today held a hearing on the benefits of biotechnology.

The purpose of the hearing was to examine ways in which consumers and society can benefit from biotechnological advances and to address the challenges that biotechnology faces in consumer acceptance.

April 29, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, today held a public hearing to review current research and application of management strategies to control pests and diseases of pollinators.  

March 4, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON–U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, today held a public hearing to review the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 in advance of the 100th anniversary of its enactment on May 8, 2014.

March 3, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON–U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, today announced a public hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. to review the Smith-Lever Act on its 100th anniversary.

January 29, 2014 Press Release



 

WASHINGTON–U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08), member of the House Agriculture Committee and House Republican negotiator on the Farm Bill conference committee, today delivered the following remarks in favor of the Agricultural Act of 2014 – the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013:

 

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