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.
In Case You Missed It: Ag Groups Urge Congress to Pass Free Trade Agreements
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WASHINGTON – In a letter sent to House and Senate leadership and all members of Congress, 42 agriculture and food groups urged legislators to pass and implement the three free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama. The groups that signed the letter, which included the American Farm Bureau Federation, stressed that the U.S. is losing market share and other economic opportunities to our foreign competitors who are gaining preferential treatment and access at our expense.