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.
Chairman Collin C. Peterson and Ranking Member Frank Lucas Issue Joint Statement on Cotton Case Announcement
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WASHINGTON – Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson (MN) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) issued the following statement on today's announcement from USTR and USDA regarding discussions with Brazil on the WTO dispute related to cotton and export credit guarantee programs:
“We are pleased to see that the discussions between the United States and Brazil have yielded concrete results in this ongoing dispute and that Brazil has delayed the imposition of countermeasures. These countermeasures would ultimately be harmful to the economic interests of both countries and to our long-term bilateral relationship. However, we understand that a delay in countermeasures is not a final resolution of the dispute, and we will work closely with officials in USDA and USTR as their discussions on these programs continue. "