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: Lucas Debates Free Trade Agreements on House Floor
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WASHINGTON – Chairman Frank Lucas spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. The agreements will open more than $2.5 billion in new market access for America's farmers and ranchers. Agricultural exports support approximately 1 million jobs in industries including processing, manufacturing, and transportation. Increased market access from the free trade agreements will create jobs throughout the economy—both on and off the farm.