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.
Business Meeting to Consider H.R. 6083, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2012
The House Agriculture Committee held a business meeting to consider the 2012 Farm Bill, H.R. 6083, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act. After many hours of discussion and debate the FARRM Act passed the Committee by a vote of 35-11.