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.
Joint Statement on Farm Bill Progress
March 19, 2002– Lead negotiators of the House/Senate Farm Bill Conference issued the following statement by Conference Committee/House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest (R-Texas), Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Charlie Stenholm (D-Texas) and Senate Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-Indiana):
"Farm Bill negotiators today struck agreement on the needed framework to speed negotiations for early April completion of the House-Senate Conference Report. This framework allows for incorporating the many policy initiatives within the overall $73.5 billion agreed-upon ten-year farm bill budget. Members of Congress on the Conference Committee expect to be positioned to make the final farm bill decisions in public meetings of the Conference the week of April 9."
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