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U.S. Congressman Austin Scott tours campus, learns about FVSU strategic initiatives

Published: 11/04/14 3:49PM
By: bradleyc

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Dr. George McCommon, chair of Fort Valley State University's Department of Veterinary Sciences and Public Health, (far left) and FVSU President Dr. Ivelaw Griffith (far right) provides Congressman Austin Scott, (center) a tour of the Otis O'Neal Veterinary Sciences Building on campus Oct. 29.

United States Congressman Austin Scott, Rep. for Georgia's 8th Congressional District, visited Fort Valley State University Oct. 29. During his visit, Scott met with FVSU President Dr. Ivelaw Griffith and other university officials for a luncheon and briefing about FVSU's strategic initiatives.

Scott, who also serves as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture, took a tour of the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology. Scott mentioned how important it is to get students interested in agriculture careers in the tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades. He went on to say how FVSU could play an important role in preparing students.

"We need to explain to them the promise of agriculture, where you can not only have a good life because of what you can earn in these fields, but you can also have the other aspect of life where you're really helping people by helping get food to the table at a high quality and low cost," Scott said. He said he wants to see the whole agriculture industry do well in Georgia and education is a big part of that.

After the tour, the Congressmen mentioned that FVSU is doing great things. He applauded FVSU's Veterinary Science Department and the work of the State Animal Facility for Emergencies (SAFE) Center. For more information about the College of Agriculture call 478-825-6344 or visit ag.fvsu.edu.