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.
H.R. 1947, Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013
FARRM is a bipartisan bill that cuts spending, reduces the size of government, and makes common-sense reforms to policy. It is the product of a multi-year process that included auditing for effectiveness and efficiency every single policy under the jurisdiction of the House Agriculture Committee.
Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson
Introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 13, 2013
Ordered reported by a recorded vote of 36 yeas to 10 nays in the House Agriculture Committee on May 15, 2013
Failed on passage in the House by a vote of 195 - 234 on June 20, 2013