Press Releases

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.

Jul 10, 2014
113th Congress

Ag Panel Examines USDA's Efforts Implementing Reforms in the Agricultural Act of 2014

Issues: Farm Bill

Rep. K. Michael Conaway, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, held a hearing to examine the efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as it implements the new commodity and crop insurance titles of the Agricultural Act of 2014, otherwise known as the farm bill.

Jul 9, 2014
113th Congress

Subcommittee Highlights the Benefits of Biotechnology

The Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture held a public hearing to consider the benefits of biotechnology. Witnesses emphasized the importance of biotechnology for agricultural, industrial, and medical uses.

Jun 25, 2014
113th Congress

Subcommittee Examines Credit Availability for Agricultural Producers

Today, Rep. Eric A "Rick" Crawford, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit held a public hearing to review credit availability in rural America.

Jun 24, 2014
113th Congress

Lucas Statement on House Passage of CFTC Reauthorization Bill

Today, Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4413, the Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act of 2014.

Jun 19, 2014
113th Congress

Subcommittee Examines Impact of EPA Water Rule on Agricultural Producers

Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, held a public hearing to review the interpretive rule regarding the applicability of Clean Water Act agricultural exemptions.

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