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. 6233, Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
The Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012, provides risk management tools to those producers currently exposed to drought conditions.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6233 on August 2, 2012 by a vote of 223-197, and referred the bill to the U.S. Senate.