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.
House of Representatives Passes Nutrition Program Fix
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed legislation ensuring current year funding for Community Food Projects, a federal nutrition program. The House passed S. 3597, by voice vote, under suspension of the rules Saturday evening.
S. 3597 makes technical fixes to the Farm Bill, ensuring Fiscal Year 2008 funding for Community Food Projects, a nutrition program that is designed to increase the access of fresh, nutritious food in low-income urban and rural areas. It is identical to H.R. 6981, introduced in the House by Representative Joe Baca of California.
“I thank my colleagues for joining with me in supporting this legislation to ensure the Community Food Projects receives its necessary funding for Fiscal Year 2008,” said Rep. Joe Baca, Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry. “The Community Food Projects program encourages innovative efforts to expand access to affordable and healthy foods in America’s rural and urban areas. I am proud to support this mission, and will continue to work for greater access to healthy foods in our nation’s impoverished areas.”
S. 3597 will now be sent to the President for his signature.