Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia

Congressman Bishop Expresses Support For Agricultural Research During Fort Valley State University Visit

Apr 22, 2019
Press Release

FORT VALLEY, GA — Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies visited Fort Valley State University to tour agricultural research projects and observe a demonstration of drone use in agriculture. Fort Valley State is Georgia’s top producer of African Americans with bachelor’s degrees in agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences. The Congressman was joined by faculty and administrators from the university and representatives from Farm Journal Foundation and Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation.

“Agriculture contributes more than $73 billion to Georgia’s economy,” said Rep. Bishop. “The industry is vital to the state and the researchers at Fort Valley State are critical to improving the future of the farm economy, not just at home, but beyond our borders as well. I was impressed to see how engineers at the university are using new technology to make farming ‘smarter’ and how those efficiency gains can increase revenue that goes directly into farmers’ pockets.”

Chairman Bishop’s visit highlighted the vital importance of agricultural research to farmers in Georgia, and throughout the U.S. Farm Journal Foundation has long supported expanded public support for the kind of research taking place at Fort Valley State University as a way to maintain American leadership in agriculture and to meet the needs of the world’s growing population in the years ahead.

“At FVSU, we truly believe that agriculture is one of the most vital and cutting-edge fields in the world,” said Dr. Paul Jones, FVSU President. “Emerging areas of innovation, including sustainability, drone usage, renewable energy production, food safety, land productivity, and gene editing hold the seeds of humanity’s long-term prosperity. FVSU is proud to continue to engage in the research, outreach, and education which help our farmers become more productive and their work even more impactful in the lives of each and every person on the planet.”

Agricultural research has one of the highest returns of any public investment. For example, over 60 percent of wheat in the U.S. is grown using varieties developed by public research. With the world’s population expected to grow to 10 billion by 2050, increased investments in agricultural research are urgently needed to meet the needs of the future.