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Agriculture

Tennessee is a leading agricultural state, a major producer of cattle, poultry, soybeans, cotton, tobacco, and timber, among other goods. On the House Agriculture Committee, I oversee efforts to open foreign markets, enforce free and fair trade, and increase economic opportunities in rural America, including infrastructure such as broadband, and education. Crop insurance and other regulations should benefit producers, consumers, and taxpayers alike. Also overseeing food assistance programs, my job is to make sure federal policies incentivize growth and jobs, not government dependence. 

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Nov 1, 2018 In The News
While the mainstream media seems to focus on everything but Americans’ top issue, the U.S. economy is experiencing an exceptional period of gross domestic product and job growth.
Jun 22, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives made significant reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in agriculture legislation that passed by a narrow margin. Congressman Scott DesJarlais, a member of the House Agriculture Committee and the Subcommittee on Nutrition, which oversees the federal food stamp program, provided a crucial vote to help farmers and ranchers in his rural district.
May 18, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Agriculture Committee, voted for the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, legislation to set federal farm policy, today. However, the bill, which included reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, failed to gain a majority of votes in the House of Representatives: “Many House members, our staffs, farmers and ranchers worked hard to improve federal farm policy, as well as the food stamp program, which makes up 80 percent of agriculture funding. I voted for today’s legislation, because it would have helped healthy, able-bodied adults to train and work in a growing economy, where an estimated 6 million available jobs await them. Those jobs require skilled workers, and the bill would have created more. Our work for them and taxpayers will continue. Our work for farmers and ranchers in the Fourth District will continue. The current farm bill contains important provisions, such as rural broadband development and education, pest control and an end to federal encroachment on farmlands, among others, that deserve our attention. Tennessee farmers and ranchers have mine.”
Apr 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on Congressman Scott DesJarlais’ legislation to study the feasibility of placing the James K. Polk Home in Columbia, Tennessee, under National Park Service (NPS) protection.
Jan 23, 2018 In The News
The American Dream: The idea that every citizen has a chance to succeed, if he or she works hard; that each generation will do better than the last; that freedom creates economic opportunity and progress.
Jan 9, 2018 In The News
“Touring Tennessee farms, I often hear about federal overreach,” said DesJarlais, R-South Pittsburg, and a member of the House Agriculture Committee. “An egregious example was the Obama administration’s EPA rule that would have placed even rain puddles under federal control.”
Jan 9, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, at Berry Airfield, home of the 118th Wing of the Air National Guard, Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Agriculture Committee, welcomed President Donald J. Trump to Tennessee, as the President deplaned from Air Force One. The President then spoke at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 99th Annual Convention in his first major speech since tax reform became law last month.