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: The Farm Bill is Our Commitment to the Future of Rural America
Tamara Hinton (202) 225-0184
WASHINGTON – This week during The Ag Minute, Ranking Member Frank Lucas highlights how important the farm bill is to production agriculture and rural America, and how he is looking forward to talking to farmers and ranchers during the upcoming farm bill hearings.
Click here to listen to The Ag Minute. The transcript is below.
"This week the Agriculture committee kicks off a series of hearings to review U.S. agriculture policy in advance of writing the 2012 farm bill.
"The farm bill is our commitment to the future of rural America, especially during a time when U.S. agriculture faces many difficulties.
"Writing a farm bill is always a challenge, but this next farm bill may prove more challenging than most. That’s why I am particularly interested in the field hearings because it gives me the opportunity to go out into the countryside and visit with the men and women who actually produce the food and fiber of this nation.
"What I expect to hear farmers and ranchers speak about is how the Obama administration continues to propose cuts in farm programs, fails to expand trade, and adds to the regulatory burden on our producers.
"At the end of the day, we must remain committed to helping our producers, but more importantly, we must stay out of their way so they will continue to produce the safest, most affordable, most abundant food and fiber supply this world has ever known."
The Ag Minute is Ranking Member Lucas's weekly radio address that is released every week from the House Agriculture Committee Republicans.