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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WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today delivered the following video statement in response to the President’s 2014 State of the Union address to the nation Tuesday:
WASHINGTON–U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today delivered the following opening remarks at the first public meeting for the 2013 Farm Bill conference committee:
Opening Statement of Congressman Austin Scott
House-Senate Conference Committee
WASHINGTON–House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders will convene the first public meeting for the 2013 Farm Bill conference committee tomorrow, October 30, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. ET in room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building (the Ways and Means Committee Room). The agenda for the meeting of conferees will include opening statements and discussion of H.R. 2642, The Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013.
Tifton, GA – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) today announced locations for the 2013 Farm Tour on Tuesday, August 28, 2013 and Wednesday, August 29, 2013 to tour a variety of farms and meet with dozens of members of local farming communities throughout the entire 8th Congressional District of Georgia.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013:
Subcommittee Examines Specialty Crop Programs
for the 2013 Farm Bill
Will Chair House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture
Washington D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Chairman, Frank D. Lucas of Oklahoma, today named U.S. Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) the Chairman for the Subcommittee on “Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture” for the 113th Congress. Chairman Lucas and Rep. Scott offered the following comments on today’s announcement:
2012 Farm Tour Reaches Entire 8th District