Press Releases

Sep 18, 2014
113th Congress

Subcommittee Focuses on Benefits of Soil Health, Conservation Practices

Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, held a public hearing to examine the benefits of promoting soil health in agriculture and rural America.

Sep 17, 2014
113th Congress

Lucas & LaMalfa Praise CFTC Vote that Dials Back Regulatory Reach

Rep. Frank Lucas, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and Rep. Doug LaMalfa today issued statements after the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted, 4-0, to exempt producers, utility companies, and other non-financial entities from being required to register as swap dealers when they enter into energy contracts with government-owned utilities. 

Sep 17, 2014
113th Congress

Committee Examines Implementation of Pilot Projects to Help Struggling Americans Reduce Dependency on Food Stamps & Gain Employment

Issues: Farm Bill

Chairman Frank Lucas held a public hearing to review the implementation of state pilot projects under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) of the Agricultural Act of 2014

Sep 10, 2014
113th Congress

Subcommittee Examines Forest Service's Plan to Manage Groundwater

Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, held a public hearing to review the U.S. Forest Service's proposal to manage groundwater resources on Natural Forest System land.

Sep 9, 2014
113th Congress

Lucas Praises House Passage of Bill to Block EPA's Latest Attack on American Agriculture

Chairman Frank Lucas issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, by a vote of 262-152.

Aug 8, 2014
113th Congress

Lucas Statement on O'Malia Departure

Chairman Frank Lucas today released the following statement on Scott O'Malia's last day as Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Last month, O’Malia announced he would resign to pursue other opportunities.

Jul 30, 2014
113th Congress

Subcommittee Examines Labor Department's Overzealous Use of 'Hot Goods' Provision Against Farmers

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.

Jul 29, 2014
113th Congress

Subcommittee Examines Ways to Expand Rural America's Access to Broadband

Rep. Rick Crawford, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit, held a public hearing to examine ways to improve and expand broadband in rural areas and how to better coordinate future investments between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Jul 24, 2014
113th Congress

Subcommittee Examines Food Stamp Program

Issues: Farm Bill

Rep. Steve King, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition, held a public hearing to examine the role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in relation to other federal assistance programs.

Jul 22, 2014
113th Congress

Members Request Ag Department Report on Cost & Feasibility of Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation Measures

Issues: Farm Bill

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (OK-03), House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), and 12 Members of Congress recently sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking for a copy of a report, as required by law, on the cost and effectiveness of the Department’s conservation measures for the lesser prairie chicken.

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