Rep. Austin Scott, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, held a public hearing to review the impact of enforcement activities by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on specialty crop growers. Specifically, Subcommittee Members addressed growing concerns that DOL is using the "Hot Goods" provision under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) in an arbitrary manner against producers of perishable agricultural commodities without regard for the inevitable destruction of the product and significant economic hardship inflicted on farmers and their employees.
The Ag Minute: EPA Continues to Attack American Agriculture
Tamara Hinton (202) 225-0184
WASHINGTON – This week during The Ag Minute, Ranking Member Frank Lucas highlights the Environmental Protection Agency's latest attack on American agriculture.
Click here to listen to The Ag Minute. The transcript is below.
"Once again the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is attacking American agriculture.
"This time the agency is making it impossible for farmers to spray pesticides, which are essential for protecting crops from weeds, diseases, and insect damage.
"The EPA is proposing to change label language relating to pesticide drift. The agency already acknowledges that some level of drift would always occur regardless of technology, yet it is proposing to mandate a zero-drift standard for pesticide labels.
"If this change is implemented, farmers would not be able to meet the food demands of a growing population because it would have a negative economic impact on agricultural productivity.
"The development and use of vital crop protection tools have led to the bounty we know as American agriculture. This latest proposal from the Obama administration is an overreaching and misguided regulatory approach that would threaten our farmers’ livelihoods and our overall food supply.
"This is yet another example of how out of touch the Obama administration is with production agriculture and rural communities."
The Ag Minute is Ranking Member Lucas' weekly radio address that is released each Tuesday from the House Agriculture Committee Republicans.