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.
Ag Chairman Combest Views USDA Goals as Consistent with House Farm Bill
USDA document "fully consistent with goals of Farm Security Act"
(September 19, 2001) -- House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding USDA's guiding principles in agricultural policy, made public today:
"In the USDA's book, "Food and Agricultural Policy: Taking Stock for the New Century," the Bush Administration has laid out a very comprehensive set of food and agricultural policy principles that will help guide us all toward the important goal of promoting a strong and dynamic agricultural industry for our nation's future.
"Having reviewed the document, I am pleased that the principles and ideas put forward are fully consistent with goals of H.R. 2646, the Farm Security Act, which has been passed by the House Agriculture Committee. As the House moves forward, I look forward to working closely with the Administration to make sure our government stands shoulder to shoulder with the American farmer."
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