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.
Lucas Criticizes Proposed Cuts to EQIP
Tamara Hinton (202) 225-0184
WASHINGTON – Today, Ranking Member Frank Lucas issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee advancing Chairman Blanche Lincoln's child nutrition bill.
"I am disappointed that the Senate Agriculture Committee passed the child nutrition measure at the expense of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). I would hope that those charged with representing American agriculture would understand the importance of EQIP and how our farmers and ranchers depend on it for survival. This vote undermines the commitment we all made to our producers in the 2008 farm bill.
"No one disputes the importance of child nutrition, but we cannot continue to use programs that benefit our agricultural producers as a funding source for other programs."